Medlar Tree, Nispolero
Mespilus germanica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mespilus (MES-pe-lus) (Info)
Species: germanica (jer-MAN-ih-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Veined

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By grafting

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Hebron, Connecticut

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 21, 2010, silvio_v from Maysel, WV wrote:

this plant is growing wild in a wood thicket in southern ohio
near the town of Cadiz.on rt 22 and county rd 73...no indication that it was planted...too remote for farming land.....
SIL