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ERIOBOTRYA japonica 'Advance'

Image of Eriobotrya japonica 'Advance'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

ERIOBOTRYA japonica 'Advance'

Plant Common Name

Advance Dwarf Loquat, Loquat

General Description

Loquat is a rounded dwarf tree or small shrub producing flavorful fruits native to extreme eastern Asia. Its ornamental leaves are large, glossy dark green above and paler green or gray beneath with distinct veins. New growth is woolly. 'Advance' bears many fragrant but unimpressive whitish flowers in late autumn and yellow edible fruit in spring. Fruits are numerous, juicy, mildly acidic and have excellent flavor. This is a late season bearer, and needs another loquat for pollination.

Advance loquat does well in moist, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Protect the tree from wind. Heavily fruited branches may break under the weight, and removal of a percentage of fruits leads to fewer but larger-sized fruits at harvest. 'Advance' makes a great feature plant for a container, mixed border, small-space orchard or as a small espalier.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes