|Category||Trees & Shrubs||
|Plant Description||The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is a fruit tree in the family Rosaceae... It is an evergreen large shrub or small tree, with a rounded crown, short trunk and woolly new twigs. The tree can grow to 5–10 m tall, but is often smaller, about 3–4 m.
The leaves are alternate, simple, 10–25 cm long, dark green, tough and leathery in texture, with a serrated margin, and densely velvety-hairy below with thick yellow-brown pubescence.
|Bloom Description||Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe in late winter or early spring.
Loquat fruits, growing in clusters, are oval, rounded or pear-shaped, 3–5 cm long, with a smooth or downy, yellow or orange, sometimes red-blushed skin. The succulent, tangy flesh is white, yellow or orange and sweet to subacid or acid, depending on the cultivar. Each fruit contains five ovules, of which one to five mature into large brown seeds. The skin, though thin, can be peeled off manually if the fruit is ripe.
The fruits are the sweetest when soft and yellow.
|Days till Harvest/Bloom|
|Year Seeds were Harvested||2010|
|Plant Grow Zones||7-10|
|Planting Tips||Any reasonable soil and a warm, well-drained site will suffice. Loquats can be grown from fresh seed, or layers, or soft-wood cuttings taken in spring...
P.S. This year, 2011 will be no loquat seeds as we almost didn't have any fruits. Looks like last winter frosts took its toll.
|Where the Seeds were Harvested||Orlando, FL|
|Seeds have been tested||NO|
|Number of Seeds||10|
|Seed Sale or Exchange||For Trade|
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