Loquat fruit
mature LoquatLoquat leaves

The loquat is as beautiful as it is hardy. With large shiny leaves, white flowers and sherbert colored edible fruit, this tree provides shade, attractive foliage and fruit. A loquat can be kept small in a pot with moderate pruning, or espaliered against a wall. Multi-trunk trees are also quite compact compared to single trunk growth. Slow to medium growth depending on watering.

Maximum height
15-30 feet

Life Span
50+ years

Criteria for Ranking

1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 5*
Wind Tolerance 3
Frost Tolerance 5
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 3
Power Lines Proximity

Cost/Maintenance 2
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 3*
*note if you are hoping for fruit, you must water moderately during fruiting season. This tree will look great without dry season water, but fruit will not set.
*note asterisk denote species is susceptible to fireblight.
*Location Loquats are popular in many yards in Marina and can be spotted on Hillcrest Avenue. A row of young trees are visible along the south end of Melanie Street.