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botanical name:
Mespilus germanica
Mespilus germanica © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Medlar
family:  Rosaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 6.00m
width: 8.00m
growth rate:
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: brown
main season: Spring
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: to
description:
Spreading, sometimes thorny, small deciduous tree or large shrub. Alternate, oblong to oval, downy green leaves, turning russet-brown in autumn. Solitary white flowers in late spring or early summer. Distinctive rounded, fleshy brown fruits up to 5cm across.

cultivation:
Moderately fertile, well drained soil, preferably in full sun or light shade.

usage:
The fruits are used to make conserves, but need to be left to become over-ripe and half-rotten first.

other notes:
Native to South East Europe and parts of Western Asia but long cutivated throughout Europe and naturised in many places, including Britain.

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