Botanical name: Mespilus germanica
Other names: Common medlar, Dutch medlar, Minshull crab, Medlar
Species: M. germanica - M. germanica is a deciduous shrub or small tree grown for spring flowers, brown edible fruits in autumn and good autumn foliage colouration.
Mespilus germanica is: Deciduous
Flower: White in Spring
Foliage: Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Yellow, Brown in Autumn
Pruning: Pruning group 1. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation: Sow seeds in a seedbed in autumn.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Budding, Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Mespilus germanica (Common medlar) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.
Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Wildlife
Cultivation: Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Harvest fruit after first frosts, when they are well-ripened and partially rotten.
Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Full Sun
Aspect: North, South, East, West
Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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It is a magnet for a whole host of beneficial insects and are self-fertile. After pollination, the rounded fruits start to emerge; these unusual fruits can be used to make delicious desserts. By autumn the leaves shift through shades of gold and russet to create a fiery seasonal display.
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