Loquat 'Italy' (Eriobotrya japonica)

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Just when winter closes into April, Loquats take the lead at rearing petals into early-spring harvests, beating other fruit trees to production. The Italian Loquat, or Nespole, brings taste buds out of hibernation through bright-orange bursts of tangy, sweet juiciness with hints of citrus. 

Introduced to Italy from Southern China in the late 18th century, the Loquat adapted. 

The downy, ovular fruits glistened like gold on the branch and beckoned to be eaten quickly, not only because they were delicious, but because their shelf lives were very fleeting. 

The darker the orange, the sweeter the Loquat, the sweeter the loquat, the stronger its richly floral perfume. (So take a whiff of both their fruits and their blossoms and enjoy!)

In Italian villages, it wasn’t uncommon to find children climbing Loquat trees, buckets in hand, to share them with their loved ones. Popular superstition suggested they helped with luck, so they were a beloved, delicious gift! 

Depending on ripeness, their flesh embodies the crispness of a cantaloupe or evolves to a melt-in-your-mouth soft bite of an apricot. The golden brown, glossy seeds can be set aside and made into a traditional Italian liqueur, Nespolino, a bitter drink similar to amaretto.

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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Small: 2" Peat Pots
Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

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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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