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botanical name:
Mespilus germanica 'Nottingham'
Mespilus germanica 'Nottingham' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Medlar
family:  Rosaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 6.00m
width: 8.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: light brown
stem/bark: brown
main season: Autumn
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Selected clone with larger leaves, flowers and fruits. Less thorny than the species. Makes an attractive small tree with a low spreading crown of dark green leaves. White or pink-tinged flowers, later followed by russet-brown fruits.
Sometimes has good autumn foliage colour.

Moderately fertile, well drained soil, preferably in full sun or light shade. Thrives best in mild temperate climates that have warm summers.

By grafting, often onto a quince rootstock

Edible fruits, but need to be left to become over-ripe and half-rotten first (known as Bletting). Often used to make conserves.

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