Something a bit different the medlar is a small brown fruit that is picked in October or even November and then left to blet (decay) for several weeks until the flesh turns brown and soft with a flavour similar to cinnamon seasoned apple sauce. The tree is small with interesting gnarled bark, large green leaves that show good autumn colour and pretty white/blush flowers in May-June. Nottingham Medlar trees tend to be flat topped with a spreading, almost weeping habit. It will grow well in any well drained, moist soil in a sunny position. A great choice for those who like to try something a bit different in the kitchen, ideal for preserves.
AKA Mespilus Germanica Nottingham
*This is an indication of the un-pruned height of this variety on the different rootstocks in 10 years. Variations on these heights will occur when different factors are introduced such as planting position, pruning, geography etc
Our pot grown Nottingham Medlar trees can be planted at any time of the year, whereas bare root Medlar trees need to be planted between November and March. Medlar trees should be spaced according to their rootstock, for example a Quince A (semi-vigorous) rootstock will require approx. 3 metres between trees, whereas a Quince C (dwarf) rootstock will require approx. 2 metres between trees.
Begin by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole, then dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 3x as wide. To help your tree establish, sprinkle root grow in the hole.
Gently loosen the tree roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. Add a stake and tie to anchor the roots, allowing it to establish more easily.
If you’re planting in spring or summer, water the Medlar tree well and regularly for the first few months and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Once you see your fruits begin to swell, water again.
Tip: To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down into the soil, a few centimetres and if the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again.
Keep the area free of competing grass and weeds for several growing seasons.
Medlar trees do not require a lot of pruning and should not be hard pruned. For the first 3-4 years, an annual prune in winter helps create the right shape. Cut back the longest leader shoots by approximately a third of the previous year’s growth. Remove any awkwardly placed branches that cross the centre, any branches that are crowding the tree and any very long, old branches.
After the first four years, you can simply tidy up your medlar tree each winter. Lightly prune, removing any damaged, diseased or dead branches.
Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat
Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
The rootstock of a tree defines the height that it will eventually reach. All fruit trees can be pruned to control their height but it is advisable to choose a rootstock most suited to your needs in the first instance.
Quince A (semi-vigorous)
3-3.5 metres (10-11.5 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller orchards, individual specimens and espalier training.
Quince C (dwarf)
2 metres (6.5 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller gardens as specimen trees and suited to cordon training.
Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).
|Plant Specification||rootstock||Root type||type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Quince C (dwarf)||12L pot||2 year old / 120-150cm||£49.99 (VAT Free)|
|Quince A (semi-vigorous)||12L pot||2 year old / 150-200cm||£49.99 (VAT Free)|