The medlar is a strange tree with a few uncomplimentary common names that aren’t fit to publish on this blog. I like the name ‘medlar’ though, sounds old like the dodo. The flowers are pretty, the fruits are, er … interesting (they give rise to the aforesaid uncomplimentary common names). The fruits need to be ‘bletted’ before you can eat them. The trees grow into tidy, small, easily-managed trees and do well in our climate. Nigel tells me they become attractively gnarled as they age. They are self-fertile so only one tree is needed to produce a crop.
Our local Gore Gardens have a very nice medlar tree, and so does the Dunedin Botanic Garden although I’d have to say the medlar in Gore Gardens is a better specimen and is the one featured in the photographs below. Gore, Southland, New Zealand.
Medlar in Gore Gardens
This is our latest photo, taken by Nigel on 15 May 2018 (late autumn in NZ).
Following photos all taken 13 March 2018 (early Autumn). This photo by Nigel.
Photo below taken by Liz: ** Click on Photo to Enlarge **
One of the larger fruits. Taken by Liz.
Photo below taken by Nigel: ** Click on Photo to Enlarge **
Nigel also provided me with the following photos from his archives. The medlar with flowers was taken 11 Nov at Dunedin Botanic Garden. The bowl of medlar fruit was taken at Riverton Harvest Festival, Southland.
Photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2018)