Medlar Nottingham Medlar

British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £18.00
Price £21.60
British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £18.00
Price £21.60
British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £27.00
Price £32.40
British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £39.00
Price £46.80

All prices include VAT

Product description



It is a small spreading tree that needs regular pruning to keep its shape.  It has pure white large flowers in the spring and lovely autumn colour which complements its attractive architectural appearance.

Medlar fruit is small and brown with an open bottom exposing its five seed boxes
The fruit cannot be eaten until it becomes over ripe the term used is ‘bletted’.  The flesh softens and starts to rot this will take up to 3 weeks. The fruit can be left on the tree a little longer to let the frost start that bletting process. 

The fruit has high pectin content so is ideal for making jams and jellies which go well with stilton cheese and port.  A favourite of both the Greeks and the Romans, it was the Elizabethans and Victorians who were the real enthusiasts of this fruit in this Country.

Fun facts

The wood of the Medlar tree is ideal for turning. Hard and fine grained that polishes up well. Was used to make arrows heads and, walking sticks and is virtually unbreakable.  The name Medlar originates from France.


Mature height
Very Small up to 5 metres
0-5 metres
Growth rate
Soil type
Light sandy
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty/hard to grow
Season of interest
Autumn colour
Large Leaves
Flower colour
Flowering type
Flowering month
Berries/fruit colour
Fruiting period
Fruit attributes
Fruit pollination type (SF)
Self Fertile
Fruit colour
Fruit size
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Edible Fruit/Nuts


For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.


The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.


If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.


Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


By sheila on 12/06/2016

What might have caused a 25 + year old Medlar tree to die this year. The area was very wet in 2014.
Not far away a large flourishing pyracantha has also died together with two very old laburnums.
Any link?

By Simon on 15/06/2016

Hello Sheila,

Sorry to hear of your troubles. It’s difficult to say without seeing the trees. You can send a photo to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we will take a look, but the cause of death of mature trees is often unclear, I’m afraid.

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