Monday, April 14, 2014

Awesome loquat tree

A few days ago, Allen The Beekeeper and I made a sacred pilgrimage to visit The Mystical Loquat of CCF.

World's best loquat tree... ever.

I've written about this tree before here. This spring it's outdone itself with production (though as you can tell from the photo, most of the lower fruit have been picked already).

Unlike some loquat trees, the fruit on this one are very sweet and quite large as loquats go.

That's a big loquat.
I'm amazed by the taste of these fruit. Very good. Additionally, the shape of this tree is perfect for harvesting. When you don't "limb up" a loquat, it can become a big ball of branches, making the fruit very easy to harvest.

Confession: this tree is so awesome that I walked up to it and yelled "YOU'RE SO AWESOME I WANT TO HAVE YOUR BABIES!"

Not literally, of course. I just mean I want to propagate it.

I picked plenty of fruit and will be planting the seeds in my nursery so the genes of this great tree are passed on to future generations of loquats. Look me up in a couple of years and I'll sell you a nice one.

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At April 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Stephen said...

Aren't these trees also known as Japanese Plum? I have a small one in my yard. Its too close to my home and have should cut the sucker down.

At April 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes. Great fruit, too, even on the seedling types sold by landscapers.

I don't believe they have particularly invasive roots... you might do okay with it being near the house.

At April 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think, because these trees grow so easily here in central Florida, that their fruit is underrated. I find them to be delicious (my tree produces sweet, somewhat large fruit as well). What's really cool is that they are virtually a carefree tree. I've never had to spray mine for insects or disease. Of course it's usually full of birds too. :-)

At April 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM , Blogger Dr. Mom said...

Wish we could have these in Tennessee! I see that they are quite prolific in middle Florida when I looked at the map.

At April 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

My parents have a productive, mature loquat in their front yard. I'm guessing it's about 45' tall so most of the fruit is unreachable. Should I just lop off the top to bring everything closer to the ground?

At April 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes. You're really close to their range, though. They would live there once established... but won't fruit because of the bloom timing.

At April 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

I think that would be too huge a shock for the tree. Enjoy the shade from that one... and plant some smaller ones.

At April 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Carefree is right. I've seen them growing wild in the woods on occasion. Probably thanks to the aforementioned birds.

At April 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM , Blogger George G said...

That tree is quite beautiful too.
It would make a good privacy hedge.
It looks a bit like the grass around it has been sprayed,
but the loquat leaves look healthy near the ground.

At April 17, 2014 at 1:42 AM , Anonymous Patti said...

my neighbors have three beautiful trees, loaded with fruit. I want to knock on their door and tell them what treasure they have!

At April 17, 2014 at 1:43 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Go ye over there, Patti, and tellest them. If they see not thy point, then beggest thou them to allow thee to pick!!!

At April 18, 2014 at 9:35 PM , Blogger Cheng said...

I was in Dade City Pasco County last week and had a loquat feast Thanks to your website, I'm educating others about Loquat. And I spit seeds to help propagate ;-)

At April 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Good woman!


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