The Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is a flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the Rosaceae family. It is also known as the Japanese Plum and the Chinese Plum.
It is native to the cooler regions of China and Japan.
It grows to 5-10 metres (16-33 feet) tall.
It has a short trunk and woolly new twigs. The leaves are 10-25 centimetres (4-10 inches) long. They are long, dark-green, and leathery.
The yellow fruit, called the loquat, ripens in spring to summer.
The flowers open all together gradually. The flowers are white with five petals. They are 2 centimetres (three quarters of an inch) wide. They appear as panicles of 3-10 flowers.
It blooms in autumn
Photographed at the National Botanical Garden of Georgia, Tbilisi, June 2022.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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