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More Medlars

Ha great minds think alike and to show the truth of what Rosie says here is the Medlar flower (the one and the first and the only) on what was a little slip of a stick brought back from the Mill in my suitcase about four or five years ago and which is now a fair sized bush. I would expect there to be many more flowers next year.Uploaded Image

The photo isn't brilliant but you can make out what it is supposed to be and you can see that the flower looks like an old fashioned white rose of the kind the Yorkists wore. (Maybe the Wars of the Roses were really Wars of the Medlars - there is something to ponder on.

Posted at 22nd May 2012 - 05:48PM   Posted by Fennie   More Medlars Comments: 8

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Camilla's Avatar A very pretty plant Fennie, is it quite hardy? I want to plant a bush in place of my Ceonothus (blue bush), does the Medlar grow to about 4 to 6ft I wonder.

Posted by: Camilla on 22nd May 2012 at 06:08PM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar The Medlar is very hardy. Several large shrubs/small trees coped with -15 degrees here last winter. See my remarks on my post.

It is a small tree and fully grown has a height of 4-5 metres and an equal spread.

We think it is what is making a delightful aroma around that area.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 22nd May 2012 at 06:29PM

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Mountainear's Avatar Don't think medlars will achieve a great height - but do grow quite quickly. Have never done anything satisfactory with the fruit, bletted or not. Pretty flowers though. Good leaves. Shakespearean heritage.

Have not managed to germinate your seeds Rosie - still hoping though.

Posted by: Mountainear on 22nd May 2012 at 07:09PM

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Fennie's Avatar Hi Camilla, I would agree with Rosie on the size. They are basically a shrub and can therefore be trimmed to look like a bush. The growth is vigorous though, so you could keep it small and spreading if you wanted. One strange thing - the underside of the leaves is coated with fine hair so that when you touch the underside of a young leaf it feels like velvet. You will notice the bright green of the leaves - a sort of Flying Scotsman green - if you can remember that far back - a real apple green, which is very pretty.

Posted by: Fennie on 22nd May 2012 at 08:41PM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you dear friends, shall have a think about the Medlar, would love it here but I wan't the bush to be already quite fully grown in height as need to replace an empty space of where my old ceonothus bush was. The old bush is very near to our dreaded long privet hedge and that takes some pruning I must say when it gets going.

Fennie - Smile yes..... real apple green sounds heavenly.

Posted by: Camilla on 23rd May 2012 at 02:16AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Very Happy

Posted by: Westerwitch on 23rd May 2012 at 08:45AM

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Fennie's Avatar Forgot to say, Camilla, that the Medlar makes excellent jam, which is a red jam, though a dull, rather than a bright red.

Posted by: Fennie on 23rd May 2012 at 04:51PM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you Fennie, I love Jam no matter what the colour.Smile

Posted by: Camilla on 23rd May 2012 at 06:00PM

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