Medlar - Dutch

Mespilus germanica

Medlar Dutch Mespilus germanica By H. Zell [GFDL,CC BY-SA 3.0] (Photo Credits)

An old cultivar that produces large fruit to 6cm on a small, elegant, slightly weeping tree. The best variety for making jams and jellies, but also acceptable eaten fresh. Blooms in late spring with large flowers resembling single white roses. Fruit is eaten when soft, generally after a frost and has a mild flavour similar to a pear. Self - fertile.


Specifications of Medlar - Dutch

Preferred Climate Cool TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From GraftedLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes (Often below -2)

Amount of leaves in Winter? No Leaves (Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months April, May, June

Medlar - Dutch Reviews & Tips

Star Rating

★★★★ 4y ago


Planted location #38 (clay). Is a worthy plant if just for autumn foliage (orange, red and purple!). Is very strong and healthy

Dimity Cottage1
★★ 5y ago


I had the tree planted in a Perennial Flower garden and it got over crowded when young.

★★★ 11y ago

Wodoga, vic, Auswtraqlia

great autumn foliage, different kind of tree to grow, interesting fruit

★★★ 11y ago

Bendigo, Vic

The best thing about this old tree is the colour of the autumn foliage. I get a lovely russett orange from the leaves at a time when there is still plenty of light in the garden.The fruit is an interesting shape that few people recognise as something e...

★★★ 11y ago


Bought from Flower Power, Flemings Nursery. 

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