Royal Medlar Fruit Tree
A very productive and attractive variety, Royal Medlar bears heavy crops of 1-1/2″ diameter, pleasantly sweet-tart, smooth textured fruits. When ripe, the large fruits develop an attractive, dark, nut brown color.
Unique and very uncommon in North America, Royal Medlar has been popular in Europe since the Middle Ages. Forming an attractive, small tree, growing 8-10 ft. in height, Medlar’s long, dark green, tropical looking foliage is accented by large white flowers and striking chestnut brown fruit. The fruit ripens in mid to late October when it turns very dark brown and becomes soft. It is then ready to eat and has the taste and texture of spiced applesauce.
Medlar like full to half day sun and most well drained soils. It is self-fertile and often begins bearing the 2nd year after planting. Hardy to minus 25 degrees F., USDA Zone 4, Medlar is pest and disease resistant and can bear 20 lbs. or more of fruit.
Latin Name: Mespilus germanica
Site and Soil: Medlar likes full to 1/2 day sun and most soils.
Pollination Requirements: Medlar is self-fertile.
Hardiness: Medlar is hardy to minus 25º F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 6-8 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: Mid to late October
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Medlar is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: Not listed
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34, 39