Medlar - Mespilus germanica


    Small spiny tree to 6 metres, twigs roughly hairy. Leaves shiny green above, grey hairy beneath. Flowers white or slightly pink, 25 to 36 mm solitary on short leafy shoot. Fruit apple shaped, 24 to 26 mm crowded by persistent sepals.

    Identification difficulty

    Hedges, thickets and open woodland.

    When to see it

    May to June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasionally found as a naturalised tree. Most British records come from south of a line between the Wash and the Severn.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland and not included in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.  The tree photographed at Fosse Meadows probably established from original tree planting at the site. 

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map