About This Plant

The medlar, or Mespilus germanica, is a small deciduous tree or shrub native to Europe and Asia. It’s known for its apple-shaped fruits, called medlars, which are enjoyed after they soften and develop a spiced apple flavour. Medlar trees also have ornamental value due to their attractive foliage and spring blossoms, making them a charming addition to gardens.

The Story


Medlar leaves are characterised by their broad and elliptical shape, typically measuring around 8 to 15 centimetres in length. These deciduous leaves have a smooth texture, and their margins are finely serrated. The upper surface of the leaves is dark green, while the undersides are lighter, and both sides are smooth. The arrangement of the leaves is alternate along the branches. As the seasons change, medlar leaves undergo transformations in colour, turning vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red in autumn before eventually falling.


The Medlar fruit is used in various culinary creations, including jams and desserts, and has a rich history in European and Middle Eastern cuisine.