In flower: loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)

Leaves and flowers of tree.
Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) flowers in late autumn but is unlikely to bear any fruit.

If you take a wander through Crabtree Fields at the moment you may be lucky to smell the fragrant blossom of loquat (Eriobotrya japonica).

Native to China and widely grown in Japan it is often referred to as Japanese loquat. In Spain it is called nispero. It flowers in late autumn and early winter but it is unlikely to bear any fruit. It will attract some insects and help with biodiversity in the park.

“E. japonica is a large evergreen shrub with handsome glossy leaves to 20cm in length, brown-felted beneath. Flowers 2cm in width, hawthorn-like, scented. Fruit 4cm, apricot-yellow, edible but seldom ripening in most of UK,” says the RHS.

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