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Can anyone identify this tree?

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ItsAllGoodMan Sun 20-Sep-15 12:26:22

We've got a few of them on our allotment. They're about 25 feet tall. The wood has a reddish tinge and the leaves are quite bumpy. Not sure if deciduous or evergreen...
I'm totally stumped!

Palomb Sun 20-Sep-15 12:29:09

Eriobotrya japonica or something like that!

echt Sun 20-Sep-15 13:53:07

They look like loquat. Are you in the south of England? Are the outer branches quite fleshy/non-woody when cut?

echt Sun 20-Sep-15 14:00:41

Oh, I see that eriobotrya japonica is loquat.

I'll get me coat.

ItsAllGoodMan Sun 20-Sep-15 16:05:35

Yep we're in the South. Someone on the allotment said he didn't know what they were but that he'd never seen them flower or fruit. Is it usual for loquat not to even flower?

echt Sun 20-Sep-15 22:08:14

Apparently they'll flower and might fruit a bit in Lomdon because of the microclimate. My guess is they're too exposed on an allotment. My NDN in UK had one, and it never flowered.

By coincidence, my NDN in Melbourne has one, too, a massive thing covered in flowers, but no fruit as the possums scoff all the blooms.

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