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ERIOBOTRYA

Commonly known as Japanese loquat, Loquat

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Unusual in that flowers form in autumn and the fruit ripens from spring to summer if conditions are warm enough - rarely in the UK, yet.

Genus of about 30 species of evergreen shrubs and trees from woodland in the Himalayas and eastern Asia.

Originally from China, the loquat is so easily grown in sub-tropical and mild-temperate climates that it has become naturalised widely.

Over 800 cultivars exist in Asia. Spain is the European producer.

An Italian liqueur, nespolino, reminiscent of amaretto, is made from the seeds, the cyanogenic glycosides providing flavour without the risk of harm.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - lance-shaped, sharp-pointed. strongly-veined dark green leaves to 30cm (12in) long.
  • White
  • Height - 7-8m (22-26ft)
  • Spread - 7-8m (22-26ft)
  • Tree - vigorous, spreading shrub or small tree. Flowers are produced from autumn to winter, possibly followed by fruit in spring.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun - sheltered position.
  • Additional Features - Medicinal properties - leaves are widely used in the Far East in cough remedies. The commercial loquat.
  • Pests & Diseases - under glass mealybugs and leaf blight.
  • Place of origin - China, Japan.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Patio / pot plants
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil
  • Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading
7-8m (22-26ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  7-8m (22-26ft)
 

Buy Varieties of ERIOBOTRYA

ERIOBOTRYA 'Coppertone'

ERIOBOTRYA 'Coppertone'  >


Commonly known as: Japanese loquat.
Glossy evergreen dark green leaves contrasting with attractive red new growth. This is actually a cross between two separate genus, Eriobotryia and Rhaphiolepis. Pale pink flowers in
£30.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

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