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Medlar 'Nottingham'Mespilus germanicaDutch Medlar, Minshull Crab

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Hardy Tree
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1 bare root medlar tree £28.99 Despatch: by end of November 2019
2 bare root medlar trees £49.98 Despatch: by end of November 2019
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This self-fertile variety produces a heavy crop of medium sized fruits which have an interesting caramel flavour. Medlar trees have large white spring flowers and attractive leathery leaves which turn to golden orange in autumn. The russet coloured fruits are excellent eaten with wine, port and cheese, but they are more usually used for preserves or the Victorian delicacy Medlar cheese.

'Nottingham' is grafted onto a 'Quince A' rootstock, giving a productive and moderately vigourous tree. Medlars will begin to fruit 3 or 4 years after planting. Root wrap plant supplied. Height and spread: 4m (13'). Rootstock: 'Quince A'.

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 4 years.


Kitchen Garden, Specimen Plant, Wildlife Gardens

Hardy

full sun

400cm (158in)

400cm (157in)

RHS AGM,RHS plants for pollinators

1 Bare Root Medlar Tree (V15519)
2 Bare Root Medlar Trees (V63249P)

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Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. 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 Medlar trees in well drained, moist, non-alkaline soil in a sheltered sunny or semi shaded position. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and drive the 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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