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.
Hedges, thickets and open woodland.
May to June.
Occasionally found as a naturalised tree. Most British records come from south of a line between the Wash and the Severn.
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
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