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Medlar, Breda Giant

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Short Description

Hard-to-find fruit. Large rose hips with cinnamon applesauce flavor.

Full Description

Now for something completely different, a fruit like no other. The flavor of this rose-relative is a culinary collage of loquat, kumquat, fig and dates, with smoky, spicy overtones: a bit like apple-butter. Growing on deciduous 20-foot tall trees, weirdly wonderful-looking 1" rust-rose fruits resemble russeted crabapples. The real weirdness comes at harvest time. After plucking the fruit, they require 'bletting', which means letting the fruits ripen until almost rotten-looking; brown, wrinkled, squishy and the inner pulp is brown and custard-like. Once bletted, eat the fruits immediately the window of flavor opportunity is tiny! Splendid in chutney and jellies, or baked, roasted or stewed.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

192-240 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

72-96 inches

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.


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    First Date: Mar-28 - Last Date: May-16
    First Date: Sep-17 - Last Date: Oct-29
Full Sun
192-240 inches
72-96 inches
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
Food Use
Edible Fruit, Pie, Salsa, Sauce
Ornamental Use
Fruit Size
2 inches
Medlar, Breda Giant is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good I got my dormant medlar in March. It was huge and we'll packed. I didn't immediately pot it, but being inside for a few weeks it started to leaf out. That's a good thing! It's now sitting in a large pot in my yard thriving. I hope it survives the winter in zone 7.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It survived 1 summer in Phoenix, AZ It survived it's first summer in Phoenix, AZ- so it's tougher than one might think. I haven't seen much growth at all- not one branch, but it does have a few blossoms and flowers this year. I have put it on the garden line since the weather got hot, rather than the tree line in order to see if maybe it just needs a lot more water. It does look happier and is getting more leaves. I can't say much about the fruit, as I haven't been able to try it yet. But the quality bare root I received, I was happy with and it sprouted quickly.
Date published: 2016-04-09
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