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PlantFiles: Loquat, Japanese Plum
Eriobotrya japonica 'Yahuda'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eriobotrya (er-ee-oh-BOT-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Yahuda

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive heycharlie On Aug 5, 2005, heycharlie from San Jacinto County, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Someone gave us a plant 94-95.
This year we finally had to cut it back. It was near 20'
We eat them straight from the_tree_ and they make a wonderful jelly. Saved some juice from last time to use in jalapeno jelly.

Positive deborahgrand On Aug 15, 2004, deborahgrand from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

This plant grows more or less wild (bird-spread) in Baton Rouge. Ours was a volunteer plant which we were pleased to keep. It sports the large fruit discussed in this entry and the seeds are identical. Fruits are edible and have a taste that is sort of a cross between sweet apples and melon. Will collect seeds for trade next year, but if you want one, e-mail me and I'll see if I can't dig you up one of our baby volunteers (I don't think they are "suckers", I think they are from seeds). They are very prolific and fast growing.

Positive Thaumaturgist On Jun 6, 2003, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Although they are very easy to grow from seeds, grafted and improved varieties are now available in plant nurseries.

The cultivar that yields possibly the largest-sized fruit with no sacrifice in sweetness is named YAHUDA and is now sold by major plant nurseries.

Fire blight is still the biggest problem plaguing the leaves. Although all Guavas (Psidium guajava) are victims of Fruitfly, I had not seen any Fruitfly infestation in the Loquats in this part of Florida.


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

Sacramento, California
Yucaipa, California
Holiday, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Longwood, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Webster, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Leakesville, Mississippi
Charleston, South Carolina
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas

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