This popular evergreen fruit tree has been under cultivation for over a century throughout many parts of Australia. It has beautiful downy foliage, fragrant flowers, delicious fruit, and it's easy to grow! The golden-yellow fruit has a pear-like flavour with a touch of apricot and pineapple. It is delicious eaten raw, stewed, preserved, dried and the roasted seeds can be used as a coffee substitute.
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Plant Information or Specifications
Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
September, October, November
Question & Answer
I am wondering if there are any evergreen, edible trees that will grow in a cooler climate, I live in Budnanoon 2578 and sometimes have frost during winter. Thanks. From: Bundanoon NSW
I would suggest Feijoa, Loquat, Cherry Guava and Pine Nut as possible edible evergreen trees for a cold climate #CategoryFeijoa1331 #GuavaStrawberry1040 #CategoryLoquat1998 #CategoryPine2188
Customer Comments on Loquat Tree
As some varieties fruit early spring , these are naturaly free of fruit fly | Suman - Perth, WA 22-Dec-2007
Nothing can CURE diabetes but any fruit that is low GI can assist in the control of blood sugar levels. No food should be eaten in excess and each person must consider their overall kilojoule intake when deciding what and when to eat. | Roz Zimmerman - Tamworth, NSW 09-Jun-2008
Warning! The Young Leaves and the seeds contain what we commonly know as cyanide! So, only the flesh of the fruit can be eaten! see wikipedia for more info | Tara - Lismore, NSW 10-Jun-2008
Warning! I was told that if I grow loquat, by law I will have to prevent fruit flies for getting to the fruits using products like "eco-lure". This is because loquat fruits really attract fruit flies because of its juiciness. | Pauline Lee - Chatswood, NSW 02-Jul-2008
It gets attacked by fruit fly. I tried spraying with rogor when the fruit first turns yellow and that stopped the phenomenon of rotting due to bacterial infection introduced by the fruit fly. What is the best tasting variety? | Neil - Panania, NSW 11-Jul-2008
Yes, the loquat seed does contain what is called basically...sugar cyanide.. as do apple seeds, peach apricot, and any of the "rose" family fruits.. although, you would have to eat large amounts of these seeds to have any kind of toxic effect. | Sharon Rockwell - Phoenix, AZ 24-Apr-2009
Actually, as long as you don't chew the seeds, you should be okay. The same is true for apple. The unchewed seeds pass through the system without being digested. Chewing will release the toxin. | Laurie - Www.naturalhealingtalk.com - Lunenburg County, NS 16-Aug-2009
The cyanide is the same kind that is present in almonds & apricot seeds which eaten in small amounts are relatively harmless and are linked to cancer prevention & cure, do a search. | K G - Melbourne, VIC 26-Oct-2009
A chinese friend told me that the fruit helps your heart and lungs and that you can make a very healthy soup with the leaves if you're hungry. i have not tried this! xxx | Jess Ovenden - Mitcham, VIC 05-Apr-2010
Http://middlepath.com.au/plant/Loquat_Eriobotrya-japonica_Rosaceae_Amygdalin_B17_Laetrile.php The above site has info on the herbal use of the leaves & the seeds. For me, the wine is one of the best ways to enjoy this delicious fruit. | Anne Heinrich - Adelaide, SA 29-Apr-2010
A seedling tree grows on my street. Birds love it and best eaten when ripe: you could get addicted to it. Propagation from seed is easy, no scarification or chilling required. | Carl Ramirez - Kensington, NSW 15-Feb-2011
They make a chinese cough syrup out of it, which works wonders. The fruit is called Pipa | Chloe - Melbourne, VIC 18-Oct-2012
The native budgies in this part of Victoria nibbled their way through the entire tree of ripe fruit in one morning , so even though you keep watch they can still beat you. | Susan Taylor - Boort, VIC 02-Nov-2013
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My tree has fruited well in a dryish part of my garden. Rosellas love the fruit and beat me to the best. I am experimenting with eating the seeds which may be mildly toxic (like bitter almonds) | Mary Ess - Dapto, NSW 17-Aug-2019
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