Eriobotrya japonica or loquat are a fabulous tree for a sunny garden where a jungly or exotic look is required. Loquats are often seen in mediterranean gardens where it is prized for it's tasty fruits. However here in the UK we love it for it's hardiness and the lovely, dark green almost leathery leaves up to 20cm long with a silver sheen and brown undersides it produces. It makes a superb architectural evergreen shrub or small tree somewhat like a large leaved rhododendron but without being fussy about it's soil requirements and being fairly windproof. Unfortunately for us, unless you live in a very mild location, the fragrant flowers are produced in winter and rarely produce fruits. Full sun to part shade, tolerates all soils except waterlogged, salt and southerly wind. Native to China
We have some wonderful larger Eriobotryas at our nursery for delivery to London and the South East, please call our nursery for details!
- Position: full sun, away from northerly exposure
- Soil: any, free draining
- Eventual Size: 4-5m after 20 years
- Habit: upright, bushy
- Foliage: large, textured grey/green leaves
- Common Names: Loquat Tree
Feed with a slow release general purpose in early spring and again in July. Water vregularly in the growing season while it is establishing but do not allow the soil to become waterlogged. Feed with diluted liquid seaweed during spring and summer. Prune if required in spring.
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Edel Mccaffrey on 20 Aug 2017
I purchased a large loquat tree after requesting some pictures of what the nursery had in stock and a helpful staff member was happy to oblige. Its rather nice to be able to see the actual item you are buying so not to have any nasty surprises upon receipt, needless to say I am overjoyed with my tree X
Grace Mendes on 12 Jul 2016
Arrived safely and well wrapped