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Loquat Loquat Loquat
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Plant Profile
Botanical Name Eriobotrya Japonica
Features Small to medium-size evergreen tree to 20' in height with an equal spread. It has dark green leaves and yellow, pear shaped edible fruit. Strong and open branching habit.
Exposure Full Sun
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 8 to 11
Mature Size 25' Tall, 25' Wide
Genus Description Eriobotrya is genus of about 30 species of evergreen shrubs and trees from woodland in the Himalayas and E. Asia. They have alternate, simple, lance-shaped to broadly elliptic, often toothed, leathery leaves and small, 5-petaled flowers in broad, pyramidal panicles. Where not hardy, grow in a cool greenhouse or against a sunny wall. In warmer areas, grow as specimens. Eriobotrya japonica (loquat) is a vigorous, spreading shrub or tree with thick shoots and bold, inversely lance shaped to narrowly obovate, sharp-pointed, strongly veined, dark green leaves, to 12 inches long, glossy above. Bears large panicles of fragrant white flowers from autumn to winter, followed in spring by spherical to pear-shaped, edible, orange-yellow fruit 1 inch across.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in soil-based potting mix in full light, with good ventilation. In growth, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water sparingly in winter. Outdoors, grow in fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered site in full sun. When pruning, remove wayward or crossing shoots to maintain permanent, healthy framework. Prune in late winter or early spring, when dormant; some in late summer or early autumn to prevent bleeding of sap. May need restrictive pruning under glass.
Pests and Diseases Susceptible to fireblight, fungal spots, blights, crankers, and root rots.

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