The Organic Nottingham Medlar is a more unusual fruit tree with fruits that need to be left to rot slightly in the autumn before being used to make jelly, jam, chutney or even cheese.
As a tree it is highly ornamental - with its intricate twisting stems and dark green foliage. In Spring it is a picture of simple white flowers, which give way to the unusual fruits that look like apples that have gone wrong.
The ball shaped fruits are 3-5cm in diameter when ready to pick. Pick late October / early November when there is a slight 'give' to them or when they just start to drop.
Once picked the medlars need to ripen, store for up to 3 weeks in a cool place on kitchen towelling keeping the fruits seperate. When the skins have become purplish black, the flesh is soft and they have a slight wine smell they are ready to use.
The common name for this fruit tree is Medlar and the latin name Mespilus meaning half ball refering to the fruit shape germanica of Germany. 'Nottingham' is a more compact growing variety making a tree 4-6m / 13-20' height & spread.
Organic Nottingham Medlar Trees are despatched in bare-root form between November and March.
- The Nottingham Medlar is a hugely underrated variety of fruit with an apple/pear sauce flavour
- After 10 years should not be much more than head height
- Large strap like leathery leaves with attractive large five petalled white flowers late May.
- Allow around five years for the first fruits to appear
- Trees are self fertile so just the one tree is required!
- See our Guide to Successful Fruit Trees for more growing advice
- Soil Association Organic Certificate
Delivery - delivery of your fruit trees is £9.95 to most parts of the UK. Unfortunately fruit trees are unable to be delivered to Northern Ireland and Eire. Customers in the Scottish highlands and islands should e-mail our Customer Services Department or telephone on 0333 400 6400 (local rate) for a quotation.
Planting and Delivery Information
See our Guide to Successful Fruit Trees for more growing advice.
Planting - do not attempt to plant your fruit trees when the ground is frozen or waterlogged. The trees can be stored in their packaging in an outbuilding or garage for 2-3 days, or can be heeled into the soil where the ground is not as frozen. Alternatively, plant up in large pots or containers and ensure the roots have good contact with the soil.
Delivery - delivery of your fruit trees is £9.95 to most parts of the UK. Unfortunately fruit trees are unable to be delivered to Northern Ireland and Eire. Customers in the Scottish highlands and islands should e-mail our Customer Services Department or telephone on 0333 400 6400 for a quotation.