This beautiful little evergreen tree has everything going for it: beautiful foliage, fragrant flowers, delicious fruit and it is easy to grow! The loquat grows to about 20 ft (6.1 m) assuming a rounded form with upward pointing branches. The large leaves are about 10 in (7.6 cm) long and are a deeply textured dark green on top, while the bottom surface is light green and slightly fuzzy. New foliage on some specimens is an attractive rusty red. Deliciously scented, furry looking white flowers grow in terminal clusters in late fall. They are followed by small, edible yellow fruits in spring.
Culture Light Full sun for best form and fruit. Can also be grown in shady areas, but flowering will be reduced. Moisture Water regularly when young. Needs good drainage and will tolerate alkaline soil. Once established, is drought resistant. Adequate moisture and mulch will keep loquats looking their best and increase fruit yield. Hardiness USDA Zones 7-10; fruit and flowers are destroyed by low temperatures at about 26 to 28ºF (-3.3 to -2.2ºC). In Florida, the foliage will withstand temperatures to 15ºF (-9.4ºC) for short periods of time. Propagation From seed. If you are growing the tree for fruit, start with a grafted variety from a nursery.
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