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Medlar - Nottingham

Cultivated in Britain since medieval times, medlars are small trees of great character, the knarled and twisted trunk of a mature specimen rivals that of the olive. Grown as much for its attractive flowers and foliage as for the fruit which one is supposed to "blett" (soften by thoroughly over-ripening) before eating, it also makes delicious jelly. In autumn the foliage turns to lovely warm shades of gold and russet.

Season: November - December

Planting Distance: 4m (13ft)

Approximate Height: 4m (13ft) after 10 years

All medlars are self-fertile. Instances of poor pollination are nearly always caused by bad weather at blossom time, limiting the activity of insects.

This medlar tree is growing on a semi-dwarf rootstock, ideal for the average garden.

Medlars need a sunny site and a neutral soil to crop well, a ph. of 6.5 - 7.5 is ideal.

They adapt particularly well to damp or heavy clay soils.