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Question of the Week – Loquat Blooms

Posted by romeethredge on November 7, 2014

Loquats (aka Japanese plum) start blooming this time of year and that’s why we don’t get to eat very many of the delicious fruit in some years due to freezes causing a crop loss. They are very good to eat when they make. They have large seeds so be careful when biting into them.

Native to China, the loquat tree is an evergreen with large, stiff leaves. The tree can attain a height of 25 feet and a spread of 15 to 20 feet.  It’s an excellent specimen or accent in the home landscape.

The mature loquat tree can withstand temperatures of 10 degrees without serious injury, but both flowers and fruit are killed at temperatures below about 27. Unfortunately, loquat blooms in late fall to early winter and must mature its fruit during the winter months. Thus, fruiting rarely occurs except in the deep south or following mild winters in middle Georgia.

If fruit production is a consideration, loquats could be planted on the south or southeast side of a building.

Loquats should begin to bear in 2 to 3 years, with a well-developed older tree easily producing 100 pounds of fruit. A particularly heavy crop will usually be of smaller fruit size.

 It is firm and juicy, and contains two or three large, smooth, dark brown seeds. The flavor varies from sweet to tangy, depending upon the variety.

The fruit can be eaten fresh from the tree or frozen intact for later use. It also can be made into excellent jelly, jam, preserves, cobbler or pies.

 UGA’s Minor Fruits in Georgia publication has some info on the loquat.

 

 

 

Here’s this week’s question. While fishing on Spring creek recently, we found this on a log. What is it?

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One Response to “Question of the Week – Loquat Blooms”

  1. crawfish right hand claw.

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