Medlar

Mespilus germanica

Medlar - Mespilus germanica

Common Name: Medlar
Genus: Mespilus
Species: germanica

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Edible fruit, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 8.00 m (800 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Brown, Green, YellowFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A spreading small tree with dark green leaves that turn shades of yellow and brown in autumn. In late spring white bowl-shaped flowers (often with a flush of pink) clothe the branches and these are followed by russet brown edible fruits that around the size of a small apple. These are ready to harvest after the first frosts and after picking should be left to ripen for several weeks until the flesh has turned brown, soft and sweet and can be scooped out with a spoon.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.