Advance Loquat Tree
Likely the most dwarfing of all named Loquat varieties, the Advance Loquat Tree was selected in the late 1800’s for its small stature and deliciously sweet fruits. Fruits are pear shaped with a juicy white interior. A great choice for small spaces, though it does require another variety for cross pollination.
A strikingly beautiful, small to medium size evergreen tree, Loquats feature long, dark green, deeply toothed foliage and tasty, light orange, apricot-like fruit. Loquat is very happy in the Maritime Northwest, although its pesky habit of blooming in the winter makes it difficult to produce fruit in our region, though planting more than one plant as well as providing habitat for over wintering hummingbirds that pollinate the loquat flowers greatly increases chances of fruit. Loquat’s ornamental value makes it well worth growing and, depending on the winter weather, you should occasionally receive a crop of this unusual and delicious fruit.
Latin Name: Eriobotrya japonica
Site and Soil: Sugar Crisp Loquat likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Advance Loquat Tree is considered to be somewhat self fertile. Planting with another variety such as Big Jim, or a Loquat Seedling increases fruit production especially in areas where winter cold can inhibit pollination.
Hardiness: This Seedling is hardy to 0º F. or below.
Bearing Age: 3-5 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 12-15 ft,
Ripening Time: Early summer
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: This tree is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7
Sunset Western Zone: 6-24, H1, H2