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Roger's tree pick for March: loquat


Last updated 3/13/2008 at Noon

The latest crop of loquats begins to grow on a local Eriobotrya japonica.

Eriobotrya is a genus with few species, but don’t overlook this handsome tree to incorporate into your landscape setting. The loquat is both a lovely small tree and has delicious edible fruits to enjoy.

There are two significant species that do extremely well throughout the San Diego area from the coastal belt to the inland valley and even into the Coachella area out in the desert.

Eriobotrya (“air-ee-oh-BAH-tree-uh”) is in the large Rosaceae family and is native to southeastern China, Japan and Taiwan.

Eriobotrya japonica, commonly known as loquat, is grown for its foliage, flower...

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