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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
common medlar Dutch medlar
Minshull crab medlar
Mespilus is a small spreading deciduous tree or large shrub with large leaves colouring well in autumn, and white flowers followed by edible fruits
M. germanica is a spreading small tree or large shrub with oblong leaves turning yellow-brown in autumn, and white flowers 5cm in width in late spring, followed by brown fruit 5cm across.
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Clay, Sand, Chalk
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moderately fertile soil in full sun. Wait to collect fruit until after frost. For more details see medlar cultivation
Propagate by seed sown in a seedbed in autumn or chip budding in late summer or by grafting
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Aphids and caterpillars may be a problem
May be affected by brown rot and powdery mildews
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