Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)
The yellow-pale orange fruit matures in 3 to 4 months in clusters on the ends of the branches. A tree in full fruit is a very attractive sight. The fruit is about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and contains one or two large brown seeds that separate easily from the edible portion. The flesh is very juicy and has a flavor something like a slightly tart apple.
Young trees have a very open branching structure but will become more dense with time. Most trees found in landscapes are seedlings but named varieties are available that have been selected for their improved fruit qualities. The varieties vary by ripening time, skin color, fruit size, and sweetness or tartness.