Plants of the UNF Campus

Eriobotrya japonica - Loquat, Japanese plum
Family Rosaceae

Description:

Ten species of Eriobotrya are native to Asia. They are evergreen shrubs and trees. Loquat is native to China but was introduced to Japan long ago. It is a tree to about twenty-five feet with six to twelve inch long leaves. Small white flowers with a spicy fragrance appear from fall to late winter. They are followed by sweet, acidic edible fruit. 

Location:

See this plants at University Center.

Size:

Medium-sized tree to twenty-five feet or more.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun

Water: well-drained soil, drought tolerant when established

Soil: average garden soil

This is an easy plant for north Florida gardeners. Grow it in a sunny site with well-drained soil. In Florida, this is a great dooryard fruit tree but the fruit has little commercial use.