Eriobotrya ‘Coppertone’

Coppertone Loquat


Eriobotrya Coppertone, an exquisite evergreen shrub, is a botanical marvel celebrated for its alluring foliage and distinctive qualities. During spring, it adorns itself with fragrant clusters of white blooms, gently tinged with pink, and after a hot summer, yielding petite, delectable fruits reminiscent of miniature apricots.

Eriobotrya Coppertone flourishes a sun-drenched spot, contributing an aura of sophistication to gardens and landscapes with a touch of tropical allure. Revered for its ornamental foliage and delectable flowers and fruits, this versatile shrub captivates gardeners and landscape enthusiasts alike.


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Origin: Hybrid of unknowno origin
Genus: Eriobotrya x Rhaphiolepis
Species / Cultivar: deflexa x indica 'Coppertone'
Common Name: Coppertone Loquat

Plant Biography

This fascinating plant is believed to be a hybrid between Eriobotrya deflexa and Rhaphiolepis indica, but experts cannot agree. Either way, it has many of the beautiful elements of Eriobotrya deflexa, with it’s dark green glossy leaves which emerge in wonderful shades of copper and red

Originating in southeastern China, the loquat has been cultivated for over a millennium, as evidenced by Chinese records dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). Its journey continued with its adoption in Japan around the 8th century, where it became an integral part of Japanese culture. European explorers introduced it to the continent in the late 18th century, primarily for its ornamental appeal.

Eriobotrya japonica 'Coppertone'
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: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Caring for Eriobotrya Coppertone, a captivating cultivar of the loquat tree, involves several key considerations. This plant thrives in a sunny location, making it essential to provide adequate sunlight. Well-draining soil is crucial to prevent waterlogged roots, as loquats are sensitive to overwatering. Water the plant moderately, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between watering.

Protecting the plant from frost in colder climates is essential, as it is not fully-hardy. With proper care and attention to its specific needs, Eriobotrya coppertone can thrive, adding both ornamental beauty and a tropical touch to your garden.

Under ideal conditions it can become a medium-size tree, but more often it forms a large shrub.


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