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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
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.

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

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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