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Medlar 'Westerveldt' (patio)Mespilus germanicaDutch Medlar, Minshull Crab

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Hardy Tree
What is Hardy Tree?
Woody plant, usually having a permanent framework of branches. Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

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You can now grow this unusual fruit on your patio! Medlar 'Westerveldt' is a compact clone which has been grafted high up on to 'Quince C' rootstock to encourage an even more compact habit. Ideal for growing in large containers, this small tree produces large white flowers in spring followed by full-sized medlar fruits in the autumn. The attractive leathery leaves turn to shades of golden orange in autumn making this a worthwhile specimen plant for the patio. The russet coloured, apple shaped fruits are excellent eaten with wine, port and cheese, although are more commonly used to make medlar jelly or the Victorian delicacy Medlar cheese.

Grafted onto a 'Quince C' rootstock, to produce a compact tree with moderate vigour. This Medlar is well suited to growing in small spaces and 60cm (24") diameter containers. 'Westerveldt' is self-fertile and therefore does not require a pollination companion. Medlars will begin to fruit 2 or 3 years after planting. Height and spread: 1m (3') (if containerised). Rootstock: 'Quince C'.

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Patio, Kitchen Garden, Wildlife Gardens, Specimen Plant


Full sun

Up to 100cm (39.4in)

Up to 100cm (39.4in)

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A little experience

Flowering Months Harvest Months

Feed and water patio medlar trees regularly throughout the growing season. Fruit and nut trees do not suffer weed competition well so keep containers free of weeds. If growing Medlar trees in the ground, keep grass and weeds clear from within a 30cm radius of the base of the tree. Top-dress container-grown medlars each spring with a slow-release fruit fertiliser. For medlars grown in the ground, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the tree. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Adequate moisture is essential to produce a good crop. Water Medlar trees during particularly dry periods to ensure that the soil does not dry out.

Pruning Medlar trees begins immediately after planting. Remove the central stem to just above the highest side branch. For the following 3 years, prune only the tips of the remaining main branches by one third in winter. Aim for about six main branches which will form the frame of your tree, with fruiting sub branches growing off of them. From the fourth year, some sub branches can be pruned out at the union where they join the main branch, to allow new sub branches to take their place.

Leave the fruits on the tree until late autumn and harvest medlars in dry weather when the stalk parts easily from the branch. Medlars cannot be eaten immediately and should be stored for 2 or 3 weeks on slatted trays until the flesh has become soft and brown.

Plant dwarf medlar trees in large 60cm (24") diameter containers filled with soil based compost such as John Innes No 3. Dwarf medlars can also be planted in the ground in well drained, moist, non-alkaline soil in a sheltered sunny or semi shaded position. If growing medlars in the ground, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole prior to planting and drive a stake into the ground to support the tree. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level and firm them into the ground. Fasten the tree to the stake using a tree tie, and water well.


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