Nottingham Medlar Fruit Trees. A lovely little fruit tree, as ornamental as it is productive. Large solitary white flowers develop into unusual fleshy brown fruits ready in late October, self-fertile.
Nottingham Medlar fruit trees are often grown nowadays for their ornamental value. They have oval deep green leaves throughout Spring and Summer that turn to a beautiful russet in Autumn. They produce large solitary white flowers in May followed by fleshy brown fruit that should be ready to pick in late October and early November.
The Medlar is a deciduous bushy tree that is hardy throughout the UK and thrives in moist well drained soil in a sheltered sunny position. It will grow to a height and spread of around 4 metres over a period of 20 years.
The Elizabethans and Victorians were real fans of the Medlar fruit and after harvesting the fruit need to be bletted (allow fruit to mature and soften) before eating raw or using in jellies, sauces and marmalade in November and December.
Our Nottingham Medlar fruit trees are grafted onto a Crataegus rootstock, Medlars are small and very ornamental trees growing to 4 metres or so eventually and are one of the lesser know hosts to Mistletoe! When planting we always recommend adding Rootgrow to give your new tree the best start.
Medlar trees are great for attracting bats to the garden!
They are self-fertile and sold as strudy 2 year bare root bush trees available in season from November until March, the correct time for planting.