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Royal Medlar

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Mespilus germanica 'Royal'

'Royal' is an English cultivar first imported into the US about 30 years ago. The USDA describes this variety as having : "medium-sized fruit, good flavor, heavy cropper". This variety also displays the quirky growing habit of all medlars - branches emerging in all directions, making the internal structure of the tree into a fun, Dr. Suess-style zig-zag frame.

Although little-known in the U.S., medlars have been grown in Europe for thousands of years. The unusual, round fruits are collected in the fall, after the first frosts. When picked, the fruits are much too hard to eat immediately. If allowed to ripen for a few weeks in a cool, well-lit place they undergo a process called ‘bletting’ and become soft, spicy and very rich. They can also be left on the tree to blet in many milder winter locations. Enjoy the cinnamon-apple sauce flavor scooped out with a spoon.

Hardy to USDA Zone: 5

Mature Height: 10' 

Sun: Full Sun

Ripening Time: November

Pollination: Self-Fertile

Rootstock: OHxF87

Size: 1 Gallon Pot


Ask a Question
  • Does this tree grow well in East Texas (zone 8b)?

    Yes, Medlar should do well for you, however the fruit tends towards sunscald so you may consider planting in afternoon shade.

  • When is a good time to put it in the ground?

    Best times to plant are early spring and early fall.

  • What zones will Royal Medlar grow in?

    Most Medlar are hardy to zone 5.

  • Opps! Another question: how big does this tree grow?

    Medlar top out at around 10 feet tall.

  • Does it need a pollinator?

    It is partially self fertile, but for consistent harvests you will need another for cross pollination

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Camille E.
Medlar tree

Loved receiving the tree live potted instead of bareroot tree as I always get it in the springtime.