Medlar - Mespilus germanica

Description

Small spiny tree to 6 metres, twigs roughly hairy. Leaves shiny green above, grey hairy beneath. Flowers white or slightly pink, 25 to 36 mm solitary on short leafy shoot. Fruit apple shaped, 24 to 26 mm crowded by persistent sepals.

Habitat

Hedges, thickets and open woodland.

When to see it

May to June.

Life History

Deciduous.

UK Status

Occasionally found as a naturalised tree. Most British records come from south of a line between the Wash and the Severn.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland and not included in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.  The tree photographed at Fosse Meadows probably established from original tree planting at the site. 

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map