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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
description:
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.

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

propagation:
By grafting, often onto a quince rootstock

usage:
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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