Loquat Fruit Tree Plants Nursery Growers

 Fruit Plants

Scientific Name

Eriobotrya japonica

Family

Genus

Eriobotrya

Species

Japonica

Common Names

 Loquat

Type

Height

Hardiness Zone

Loquat Trees
Eriobotrya japonica

eriobotrya-japonica

Common Name: Loquat Trees
Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is large leafed evergreen and moderately sized tree. Color of its edible fruit is orange-yellow.
The dense, rounded, dark green canopy of Loquat is decorated in USDA hardiness zones 8b through 11 in late winter
and spring with clusters of apricot yellow, pear-shaped,
edible furry fruits. Fruit rarely sets further north. Loquat
is a rapidly-growing evergreen tree and can reach 25 to 30
feet in height in the shade but is frequently seen 15 feet tall
with a 15 to 25-foot-spread in a sunny location. The 10 to
12-inch-long leaves are rusty-colored beneath and have a
coarse texture. Fragrant clusters of creamy white flowers are
produced in fall, followed by the delicious, brightly colored,
winter fruit.
Its neat habit and compact growth make Loquat an ideal
specimen or patio shade tree, and it can be used as a
residential street tree or median strip tree in areas where
overhead space is limited. But an adequate clear trunk
needs to be developed early in the life of the tree to provide
for vehicle clearance. Branches will have to be pruned to
grow up, as they tend to droop with time under the weight
of the developing branch. It is not suited for planting next
to the street if trucks pass close to the tree since adequate
clearance is not possible but is successful in wide median
strips. It also blends well into informal shrubbery borders
and the fruit is attractive to wildlife. It espaliers well against
a sunny wall, and makes a good screen due to its dense
canopy. Sprouts along the trunk can be a maintenance
nuisance. Providing best fruit and form when grown in full sun,
Loquat can tolerate partial shade and a variety of well-
drained soils. It grows well on soils with a high pH and
maintains the characteristic dark green foliage. Clay soil
is acceptable as long as there is sufficient slope to allow
surface water to run away from the root system.

Availability

Young Plants