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Mespilus germanica Nottingham


Common medlar

Old fruit type which is delicious straight from the tree

Worthy of a place in any garden this ornamental fruit tree has plenty to offer. Fresh green leaves in spring surround glistening white flowers. These in turn are followed by strange fruits which have a sublime apple sauce flavour when ripe. An added bonus are the leaves which change to golden-yellow before falling in autumn to reveal the twisted branches for winter interest. 


Give this lovely tree pride of place in a sunny spot. Happy in most soils as long as they are not too wet through the winter. 


Dig a hole that is at least twice the size of the existing container and add well rotted manure to the soil. Don't forget to stake your tree until it has established. 

Pick the fruits once they have 'bletted' (softened on the tree) and eat immediately or use in cooking. Medlar jelly is great with cheeses and a lovely addition to the winter dinner table

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree, Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Autumn
Flowering April - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 200 cm - 600 cm
Plant width 200 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting June - September
Cropping October - November

Typically available

From April to September