"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Loquat Tree, A New Addition To The Family

Loquat Tree with gopher guard
We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary Oct 22nd.  This year we decided to buy a Loquat Tree for our gift to each other.  We planted it on Saturday after much discussion as to where it should be planted.  After carrying the tree from the back yard to the front yard and around the house a few times we ended up planting it on the east bank by the driveway.  This is about 15 feet from the citrus trees.  I was told that they grow quickly and we should be picking fruit next year.  The plant to the right of the Loquat tree is my eggplant.  It is still setting flowers/fruit, even though the temperatures are in the lower 50's at night.

Loquat or Eriobotrya japonica is an evergreen large shrub or small tree, with a rounded crown, short trunk and woolly new twigs. The tree can grow to 16–33 ft tall, but is often smaller, about 8–13 ft.
The leaves are alternate, simple, 10–25 cm long, dark green, tough and leathery in texture, with a serrated margin, and densely velvety-hairy below with thick yellow-brown pubescence; the young leaves are also densely pubescent above, but this soon rubs off.

Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe in late winter or early spring. The flowers are 2 cm diameter, white, with five petals, and produced in stiff panicles of three to ten flowers. The flowers have a sweet, heady aroma that can be smelled from a distance.

Loquat fruits, growing in clusters, are oval, rounded or pear-shaped, 3–5 cm long, with a smooth or downy, yellow or orange, sometimes red-blushed skin. The succulent, tangy flesh is white, yellow or orange and sweet to sub-acid or acid, depending on the cultivar. Each fruit contains five ovules, of which one to five mature into large brown seeds. The skin, though thin, can be peeled off manually if the fruit is ripe.
The fruits are the sweetest when soft and orange. The flavor is a mix of peach, citrus and mild mango.

Last years anniversary gift was a Brown Turkey Fig Tree.  It gave us around 10 figs this year.  It really is not much larger than when we planted it, but it did have a lot more leaves.  I was thrilled to get that many figs after the first year.  I hope our Loquat is as generous!

Think Like a Tree
by Karen I. Shragg

Soak up the sun
Affirm life's magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling.


  1. I hope you had a blessed Anniversary. The hubby and I will celebrate our 38th in March. The tree sounds really nice and I loved your poem. I hope you dont mind but I copied it to save.

  2. Congratulations on 33 years! I'm so impressed. Good luck with the Loquat. I'd never heard of one until your post. I hope you can sit in its shade, eating its fruit, and celeberate many many more anniversaries. Thanks for sharing a special day.

  3. Betty, than you for stopping by. I am glad that you copied the poem, it is one of my favorites. 38 years in March! I will make sure to stop in and see what you both will be planting for your anniversary.

  4. Birds, Bees...
    Thank you for the wishes. I think our little tree will provide us will lots of fruit and shade. I also know that they have a lovely floral scent when in bloom. Have a wonderful day!

  5. I have never seen a loquat tree or had fruit from it. The fruit sounds delicious. Are they similar to kumquats?

  6. L.Ambler,
    No they are not at all like a kumquat. Kumquats are citrus and the loquat is more like an apricot in texture and has a similar skin to that of an apricot or a peach.

  7. Oh how fun! The fabulous thing is you'll have fruits from this tree while many of the more classic fruit trees are still dormant. Sounds like your brown turkey fig was more generous to you this year than ours. I think ours is still protesting where we planted it ;) Love your gopher root guard, looks like one of ours!

  8. CVF, oh the gophers are already trying to get to it. We finally trapped it, at least we think we did. Now we just need to make sure he did not have a family!

  9. I love this poem, and I hope that one day I will get to taste a loquat! love, Beth

  10. Oh, and your quote from Midsummer Night's Dream, about the wild thyme and eglantine, etc, is one of my favorites. love, Beth

  11. Hi Beth, thank you for stopping by. I too enjoy the quote. I have so many favorites it was hard to pick just one, but that one seemed to fit my blog.


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