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Mespilus germanica

Medlar is a member of the Mespilus family. Its botanical name is Mespilus germanica.

Medlar fruit is very hard and acidic. It becomes softened after being bletted (softened) by frost, or naturally in storage if stored long enough.

Medlar grows as a perennial and is a fruit. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Medlar is known for its tree habit and growing to a height of approximately 7.00 metres (22.75 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late spring. Popular varieties of Medlar with home gardeners are Nottingham, macrocarpa, Dutch, breda giant and royal.

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How to grow Medlar

  • Medium

Remember to water Medlar moderately. Zone 6 to 9 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Medlar needs a soil ph of 6.1 to 7.8 (weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil). Medlar is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Medlar to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Medlar from seed

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Medlar about 5 days after your last frost date .

Transplanting Medlar

Medlar is hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Common Medlar problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Medlar plants:

Medlar Etymology

The word medlar is first attested in the mid-14c. (in reference to the fruit itself), from O.Fr. medler, variant of mesple, from L. mespila “fruit of the medlar,” from Gk. mespilion, a foreign word of unknown origin.1

Medlar Folklore & Trivia

The Medlar was very popular during the Victorian era, but has fallen out of favour except in certain parts of the Middle East.

Other names for Medlar

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How long does Medlar take to grow?

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