MEDLAR - DUTCH
Botanical Name: Mespilus germanica
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.
Plant Information or Specifications
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Yes (Often below -2)
Amount of leaves in Winter?
No Leaves (Deciduous)
Suitability in Pots
April, May, June
Customer Comments on Medlar - Dutch
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Lylecrocodile's Edible Fruits
Update: 3106 days 15hrs
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 edible. And unless you cook with it you need to let it ripen off the tree for a month before you can tackle it. Used like apple butter when 'fresh', it is ok, but it is much better as a quince substitute to make a jelly or paste. Dont bother trying to bottle it.
Fruiting Months April and May
Height 4 metres
Growing: In the Ground
Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Water Given in: SummerSummer
When I Fertilise: Never
Pest Control: No pests observed.
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