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BRONZE LOQUAT
Eriobotrya deflexa

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Photo Locations: UC Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA, Blake Garden - Kensington, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA and San Diego, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Bronze Loquat is more often planted than Japanese Loquat. Its shiny bronzy green new foliage with reddish highlights is quite attractive, and it rarely sets fruit. Large panicles of deep pink flowers are showy in the spring. It looks best with regular pruning to maintain its shape, and regular deep watering to promote healthy growth. It may require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25'. It is not drought tolerant.

Native to Taiwan and Southern Vietnam.

An Eriobotrya deflexa in South Coast Botanic Garden, Los Angeles is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 34 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 67 inches and a crown spread of 43 feet.

Family: Rosaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 15 - 25 feet.

Width: 15 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Oblong, Glossy Medium to Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Yellow or Mostly Green Pome, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.

Bark Light Green, Exfoliating or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 8 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Fire Blight.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered Low.

Attracts Birds and Bees.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Espalier or Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Eriobotrya deflexa Tree Record." 1995-2018. Aug 19, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/eriobotrya-deflexa >

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