Eriobotrya japonica 'Tanaka'

Tanaka is a late-bearer and has rounded large fruits of good quality, sweet, thin-skinned. It is is self-fertile, even though it will bear more fruits if crossed with other cultivars of Loquat.

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Tanaka is a late-bearer and has rounded large fruits of good quality, sweet, thin-skinned. It is is self-fertile, even though it will bear more fruits if crossed with other cultivars of Loquat.

This Japanese cultivar of is reputed to be a few degrees hardier to cold than other forms of Eriobotrya, to about -15°C.

The tree in General

Eryobotrya japonica is an evergreen tree native to the southeast of China.  It is the perfect fruit tree for the home garden, now widespread in the Mediterranean. It is a popular sweet and acid fruits , but the tree is also highly ornamental, because of the ornamental foliage.

The small tree or bush has a round top and a short trunk with grey and chapped bark. It reaches up to 5-10 m, but it is often kept shorter 3-4 m. Leaves are very beautiful, leathery, with serrated margins, 20-30 cm long, dark green in the front and hairy in the back, especially when young. This species is unusual among fruit trees because it blooms in autumn or early winter, and fruits rip during the winter or early spring. Flowers are small, white, of about 2 cm. Fruits bear in group, 3-8(-12) cm in length, with a smooth or hairy skin, yellow, orange or reddish, often in Spring. Flesh is succulent, white, yellow or orange, sweet or acid depending on the cultivar. Usually eaten fresh or in fruit salads, jelly, sweets, chutney and syrup. It is easy to grow, adaptable and resistant to cold weather, dryness and diverse soil types. Often used as an ornamental.

This species is frost tolerant to -5ºC to -8 C and will survive temperatures of -12ºC to -17ºC.

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Cultivation Protected
Plant origin Asia
Presentation Potted Plant
Max. Size 300cm & more
Botanical family Rosaceae
Light Sun
Minimum winter temperature -15 ºC to -10 ºC
Flowering Season Winter
Plant type Woody
Color Orange
Care Pot
Shape Trees
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