Medlar Tree (Mespilus germanica)
Origin: Southwest Asia
Size : Maiden
Harvest : November
Medlars are slowing growing attractive small trees, well known in the Middle Ages and popular among the Victorians, although now rarer. It seems they might have come over with the Romans. They were certainly well known to Anglo Saxons, who knew the fruit by various names, some unrepeatable!
Medlar fruit generally has to be bletted before use - left to soften after picking. It makes interesting jelly and chutney, and will also make very tasty cheese. Medlars also make a very good sticky toffee pudding . Good eating for the birds too.
Self fertile, Medlars will grow well in most soils and conditions and have an attractive habit and masses of pretty white blossom, which makes them lovely garden trees. They're easy to grow too. We offer a number of cultivars:
'Bredase Reus': Dutch variety
'Macrocarpa': Large fruit, good cropping.
'Nottingham': Compact and popular garden variety, will produce fruit on young trees, but some say of poorer quality than some other cultivars.
'Original': Reliable cropping and nameless clone, grown in Britain for many years.
'Royal': Smaller fruit than 'Nottingham', but seemingly better flavoured.
'Westerveld': Dutch cultivar
Supplier : R.V. Roger Ltd.
We donate half of our profits on sales of Medlar trees to Common Ground
All our fruit trees are bare root. At the height of the lifting season - between November and March - there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching due to pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence, and the weather. Orders for medlars from March to September are confirmed in late October/ early November ready for dispatch from November. Please consult our planting and care guide on receipt of your Medlar tree.