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Mespilus germanica

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Medlar

An historic plant good for making jam

A beautiful tree for your garden with large white flowers in late spring followed by curious Medlar fruits which should be left on the tree until fully ripe - about October. They need to be almost rotten before they are edible and can be used in jams and jellies. These trees live to a great age and their branches make an attractive silhouette over time.

Where?

Happiest in full sun or part shade and moist soil.

How?

Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade compost or well rotted manure is fine for this. Water your tree occasionally in dry weather until it has established.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree, Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Autumn
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
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 Garden edging

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting June - September
Cropping October - November

Typically available

From January to December