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4-5ft Medlar 'Nottingham' | Mespilus germanica 'Nottingham' | 18L Pot

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Unusual fruits for tasty jams

This medlar may be an unusual sight for you, but it's a traditional English fruit, which has fallen out of favour recently. This fruit needs to 'blett' before it is eaten, which is over-ripening to the point of softness, before eating, and also makes a fantastic base for fruit jams. The tree itself has a gnarled and twisted trunk, which rivals the look of an olive tree. A small tree, of great character, let a little snippet of medieval England fill your garden with charm. 'Nottingham' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
Harvesting Period: November - December
These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

  • Edible foliage
  • Award of Garden Merit
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Hardy tree
  • Will tolerate most soil types
  • Flowering Period: spring
  • Foliage Colour: Green (spring and summer), Brown/Yellow (autumn)
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Eventual Height and Spread: 8m X 8m
  • Height on Arrival: 170-190cm
  • Rootstock: Quince A - Semi-Dwarfing
  • Age: 3 years
  • Supplied As: 18L Pot
  • Habit: Bushy

About your plant: Your plant will arrive from a specialist nursery in the UK with staff who have put time and care into growing your tree. 

Packaging:  All trees arrive in an cardboard box which is designed to keep them secure. This prevents them from moving around on their journey and ensures they arrive safely at your door. 

The growth of your tree and output will likely be excellent providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common query topics:

Hardiness: Medlar 'Nottingham' trees have been in the United Kingdom for a long time and are therefore well adapted to the UK climate.

Containerised trees have planting requirements, detailed below:

Watering: With containerised trees, it is important to drench their root ball before planting.

Pruning: You should free any spiralized roots growing around their rootball's circumference.

Planting: The pot should sit no lower than an inch below the ground. You should dig a hole that is twice the radius of their rootball. Stake your trees no more than 2 - 3 inches from the stem, and make sure that they are pointing away from the prevailing wind. Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.

Once you are happy with your efforts, give your tree a generous watering.

Add mulch on top (this can be bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones), and ensure that these do not touch the stem of the tree.

Tie the stake to your tree (and leave space for growth), and place a rabbit guard around your tree to protect it from harmful pests.

Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. In autumn, remove fallen leaves to prevent the risk of disease. You should also make sure that the ties are not rubbing your tree.

Soil: Well-drained or moist but well-drained soil will help your tree to thrive. Don't plant them in soil that easily becomes waterlogged as this can lead to problems. Also try not to compress the soil when planting, give them room to breathe!

Position: Medlar 'Nottingham' trees prefer full sun. Also planting your tree in a sheltered spot will help prevent uprooting in strong winds.

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Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
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