Plants of the UNF Campus

Eriobotrya japonica - Loquat, Japanese plum
Family Rosaceae


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. 


See this plants at University Center.


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.