Eriobotrya japonica – Bush

Loquat, Japanese Medlar

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The Japanese Loquat, usually seen in the UK as a tropical, large and architectural evergreen shrub, is grown for its compact size, fragrant flowers, edible fruit and huge, leathery, heavily-corrugated oval leaves with attractive velvety undersides. Established plants show remarkable drought tolerance, unusual for a large leafed plant.

Eriobotrya japonica (Bush) is a bush form of the species which has grown in a natural, unpruned shape.

Origin: Southeastern China
Genus: Eriobotrya
Species / Cultivar: japonica
Common Name: Loquat, Japanese Medlar
Synonym: Mespilus japonica

Plant Biography

Despite its common name and epithet, The Japanese Loquat is actually native to China, although it was imported to Japan as long ago as the medieval era during the Tang dynasty.

In the UK it’s most often grown for its attractive ornamental value, but in warmer areas is foremost grown for its fruit – the loquat. Loquat are small, spherical orange coloured fruits which are edible from the tree or, because of their high pectin content, are perfect for making jam.

In mild areas heavily scented flowers are produced in autumn or winter and, with luck, ripen to give the distinctive orange fruits that are exotically juicy and sweet. Related to the apple, the loquat fruit is similarly high in pectin and thus suited to making jam and jellies.

Eriobotrya japonica – Bush
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 10m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

This tree can sometimes flower and fruit in Britain, but this usually only occurs after a long and hot summer.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Eriobotrya japonica is easy to grow and prefers full sun, though it can handle partial shade.

If you want your Eriobotrya japonica to fruit, it must be kept in a sheltered position that doesn’t get winter frosts.

The tree is as described and looks healthy and arrived well packaged on the appointed day. I am happy with my purchase. Thank you very much.

Jinya H.

The tree is as described and looks healthy and arrived well packaged on the appointed day. I am happy with my purchase. Thank you very much.

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