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Mespilus germanica (Common medlar)

Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
8m
Max height
Ultimate spread
8m
Max spread
Time to maturity
20-50 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Mespilus germanica

Other names: Common medlar, Dutch medlar, Minshull crab, Medlar

Genus: Mespilus

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; Brown, Yellow in Autumn

Habit: Spreading

Watch out for

Specific pests: Aphids , Caterpillars

Specific diseases: Brown rot on fruits , Powdery mildew

General care

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...


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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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