What is a Medlar?

6th September 2023

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Medlars (Mespilus germanica) are closely related to apples and are easy to grow, productive, generally problem-free and need little pruning.

They are attractive trees, producing large white flowers in late spring, followed by small rounded fruits (about 5cm/2in across) for picking in autumn, and fiery-tinted autumn foliage. They usually reach 4–6m (13–20ft) tall and wide, grow well on most soils and crop best in full sun. 

The fruit will need to be *bletted before they are consumed.

*Bletting is a process where the fruit is left to “mature” before picking, it should be softened past the point of ripeness before harvest.