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The Mespilus Germanica, or common medlar, is a fruit tree native to Asia Minor. It is an ancient variety that is highly valued for its ornamental qualities: with its pretty, slightly embossed leaves and its highly decorative white flowers. This forgotten fruit tree has become rare in orchards, despite its many aesthetic and gustatory advantages. Its fruits, the medlars, are delicately perfumed and sweet: they are eaten 3 to 4 weeks after harvest, when the flesh becomes creamy. Its shoots are traditionally used to make shepherd's crooks, while its very hard wood is ideal for making tool handles.
The common medlar is a tree of interesting dimensions: 3 to 6 metres in height and 5 to 7 metres in circumference on average. It has a spreading habit with a sinuous trunk that bears branches covered with deciduous foliage: its leaves are broad and elongated, with a beautiful dark green colour that turns yellow in the autumn. Mespilus Germanica blooms rather late, in May-June, when it produces beautiful white, cup-shaped flowers 3 cm in diameter. The fruit is harvested in November: the ripe medlars have a flattened top shape, 3 cm in diameter, covered with a bronze-coloured skin.
Mespilus Germanica is easy to grow, hardy (-20°C) and disease resistant. It is not very demanding in terms of soil type and exposure, and adapts easily to all types of climates. As it grows rather slowly, it appreciates nitrogenous fertiliser in the first few years. It does not need to be pruned, just lightly pruned to remove old branches and shape its silhouette.
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