Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica

Eriobotrya japonica

Loquat

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does fruit in March

Plant does fruit in April

Plant does fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does not fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

  • Botanical name: Eriobotrya japonica
  • Common name: Loquat
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

The loquat, Eriobotrya japonica, is a wonderful tree, ideally suited to small gardens. The foliage is particularly distinctive, with large, evergreen leaves borne in spurts of fresh green and a dusty coating that gradually sloughs off as the leaves age.

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In warmer climes, such as the Mediterranean, it’s grown for the tasty spring fruits, loquats, which look similar to apricots and have delicious flavour somewhere between peach and mango. Getting it to fruit in the UK is trickier as the perfumed (and pollinator friendly) flowers that appear in autumn in winter are easily damaged by frosts. It’s a beautiful addition nonetheless, and the leaves have been observed to grow larger in the UK than elsewhere, providing a more dramatic display.

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For best results, grow Eriobotrya japonica in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Choose a sheltered spot to avoid wind damage to the leaves – ideally a sheltered microclimate to give you the best chance of fruit.

How to grow Eriobotrya japonica

  • Plant size

    8m height

    8m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does fruit in March

Plant does fruit in April

Plant does fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does not fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Harvest
Harvest

Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do Harvest in April

Do Harvest in May

Do not Harvest in June

Do not Harvest in July

Do not Harvest in August

Do not Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Eriobotrya japonica and wildlife

Eriobotrya japonica is known for attracting bees and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Eriobotrya japonica poisonous?

Eriobotrya japonica has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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