Outdoor Loquat Trees In Your Yard
The loquat trees, also called the Japanese medlar, originated in southeastern China. Over time, the Chinese travelers introduced it to Japan and since then, it has been cultivated there. To ensure proper growth provide it with the ideal climatic conditions. Ideally, these trees grow best in mild-temperate to subtropical climate. The tree can tolerate a temperature of 12 °F, but if it falls below that, there are chances that it would die. On the other hand, if the temperature falls below 19 °F, the buds would die. In summer, if there is extreme heat combined with dry hot winds, it can be detrimental to the tree, causing the leaves to scorch. These are small evergreen trees with a rounded crown or large shrubs with short trunks. Tree height is variable, ranging anywhere from 10 to 30 feet (about 3-9 m) high. Generally, unless a loquat is well established, trees are in the shorter range.
The fruit itself has a soft, fuzzy exterior comparable to an apricot in size and color, but not in shape. The loquat is teardrop or pear shaped and generally is not larger than 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. Many a time these trees are used as ornamental plants. The leaves are usually lanceolate-shaped and are 5-12 inches in length with a width of 3-4 inches. The upper surface is generally glossy and dark green, while underneath it is rusty, hairy, or whitish. They are stiff and thick, with oblique veins. New leaves may be tinged with red at times.