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The Common Medlar (Mespilus germanica) is a thorny, flowering deciduous shrub in the Rosaceae family. The fruit, eaten raw or cooked, is called medlar.

It grows to 1-6 metres (3.5 and 19.5 feet) tall.

The winter buds are pointed and up to 2-5 centimetres (1-2 inches) in diameter. They have 5 elongated, narrow sepals and 5 free, white or pale pink petals.

The red-brown fruit is a pome, 2-3 centimetres (one inch) in diameter with wide-spreading, hairy fleshy fruit. 

The Common Medlar blooms in May or June in the Northern Hemisphere.

Photographed in Paris, France, October 2022.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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