Mespilus Germanica Westerveld
Mespilus Germanica Westerveld, commonly known as the ‘Westerveld’ Medlar Tree, is a small deciduous tree or large shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family.
The medlar tree typically grows to a height of 3 to 6 meters, though it can vary depending on growing conditions and pruning. It has a rounded, bushy growth habit with spreading branches.
The leaves of the medlar tree are oval-shaped and alternate along the branches. They are dark green and have serrated edges. In Autumn, the leaves turn bright red before dropping. Medlar trees produce attractive white or creamy-white flowers in the spring. These fragrant flowers are a valuable source of nectar for pollinators.
The most distinctive feature of the medlar tree is its fruit, which is often called a “medlar.” The fruits of the ‘Westerveld’ variety are somewhat larger than other varieties, and when mature, the fruit has a unique appearance with a russet or brownish skin that looks wrinkled.
The flesh of the medlar fruit is soft and typically tart and astringent when eaten fresh from the tree. However, the fruit is usually left to ripen and soften after being picked, often through a process called “bletting,” which converts the astringent flesh into a sweet, custard-like consistency. The fruits are typically consumed fresh, used in cooking, or made into jams and jellies.
Name: Mespilus Germanica ‘Westerveld’
Approx. Height and spread: 3-6m x 3-5M
Soil Ph: All
Moisture: Well drained. Moist but well-drained
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