Loquat Seedling (Eriobotrya japonica)

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The Loquat tree is a fast-growing, cold hardy, ornamental, fruiting, and medicinal landscape tree with a beautiful tropical look. This evergreen tropical to subtropical fruit tree tree has deep green leaves and delicious golden-yellow fruit.  It blooms highly fragrant flowers in the winter and produces and abundance of sweet, tangy golden-yellow fruit in large loose clusters throughout the Spring.  It is an excellent natural source of sugars, and the fruit is high in pectin making it great for jellies and jams. Loquat leaves can be harvested year round to make tea. The leaves and fruit have been used as traditional medicine for thousands of years.

Commonly referred to as Japanese Plum, Loquat is native to China and Japan, where it grows wild, is from the rose, apple, and pear family of plants. Loquat trees can live outdoors without protection in Zone 7. If your area is too cold to grow Loquat's outdoors year-round, the plants can easily be overwintered indoors and will grow and produce abundantly for decades in containers.

How to Grow Loquat Trees

Plant Type
Tropical / Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Late Winter, Spring

Mature Size
Up to 25 ft. tall with a canopy Width, 10-20 ft.

Soil & Moisture
Moist, well-draining soil, rich in organic matter. Water well when blooming but make sure the soil is well-draining.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Medium

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 7-12; Patio/Greenhouse 4+
Protect fruit from frost

Propagation
Our X-Large grafted named Loquat varieties are ready to produce now.

Our Loquat Seedlings were cultivated from abundantly producing trees with optimal flavored fruit collected throughout our food forest and will start to produce fruit within 3-5 years.

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Loquat's beautiful fruit and foliage has been utilized in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries as a remedy for coughs and throat conditions.

Nutritionally, the fruit is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta carotene, fiber, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium. 

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