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The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica), also known as the Japanese medlar or Chinese plum, is a versatile, fruit-bearing tree prized for its attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and sweet, juicy fruits. This evergreen tree is native to China and Japan and has been cultivated for centuries as both an ornamental and fruit-producing plant.
The loquat is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree, typically reaching heights of 20 to 25 feet, with a spread of 15 to 20 feet. It thrives in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10, preferring well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Loquat trees are characterized by their dense, rounded canopy and dark green, glossy leaves, which create an attractive backdrop for the tree's fragrant flowers and colorful fruit. The loquat is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal pruning and displaying good resistance to pests and diseases.
Loquat trees produce fragrant, creamy-white flowers in the late fall or early winter, depending on the climate. The flowers grow in clusters at the tips of the branches, adding a touch of beauty and fragrance to the garden during a time when many other plants are dormant. The flowers are hermaphroditic, containing both male and female reproductive organs, which means that a single tree can self-pollinate and produce fruit.
The loquat tree is valued not only for its ornamental features but also for its delicious and nutritious fruit. Loquat fruits are small, round to oval-shaped, and typically 1-2 inches in length. The fruit's skin is smooth and thin, ranging in color from yellow to orange when ripe. The juicy, sweet-tart flesh has a texture similar to a peach or apricot and contains a few large, brown seeds. Loquat fruits are typically harvested in late spring or early summer and can be eaten fresh or used in various culinary applications, such as jams, jellies, pies, and sauces.
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