Medlar of Japan, Eriobotrya japonica, Photinia j., Mespilus j. tree of the family Acanthaceae
Origin : China, Japan. Habitat : unlike the common medlar, it fears cold. It is recommended to cultivate it in sunny position in a fertile well-drained soil. It tolerates the coastal regions. That one photographed grows in Paris.
Persistent foliage. Leaves slim alternate and lengthened, very big (30-45 cm), slightly curled, slightly hirsute on the underside, roughly toothed margin; salient veins 15 - 20 pairs. The leaf of the common medlar is deciduous and smaller.
Its flower appears in winter (November-December) unlike the common medlar which flourishes in May. It gathers in tight panicle. Every flower has 5 small white petals (D1-2 cm).
Its fruit, the medlar or the bibace, stands at the tip of stem, by group, unlike the fruit isolated of the common medlar. Its shape is oval (pear) and its color is golden yellow. It ripens from winter and spring is edible. Use: decorative shrub. it supports pruning. Where to see it in Paris: in the garden of the chemist's shop school, in the garden of Luxembourg.