Sunday, 5 January 2014

Eriobotrya japonica

Eriobotrya japonica Loquat

This large, evergreen shrub, or small tree is native to southern China. It flowers from October to January and has an amazing perfume to fill the winter days. The small orange fruits appear in April and May and have a large stone, almost a third of the size of the fruit. It was cultivated in Japan and has been grown there for over a 1,000 years. It is now very popular in southern Spain and can reach a height of 10metres. In Chinese medicine the Loquat is used as a syrup for soothing the throat and coughs.

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