Medlar - Iranian Medlar

Iranian Medlar Medlar

Mespilus germanica
A medlar from Iran which produces early ripening fruit particularly good for eating fresh. Season: Nov-Dec

Pollination:  Iranian Medlar is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop.

A guide to choosing Medlar Trees

Iranian Medlar Medlar Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
Quince C - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
Quince C - Dwarfing   2 years Bush
Mespilus - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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Mespilus - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden *Reduced Price*
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Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush
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Quince A - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Half Standard
Pyrus - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
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History and description of Iranian Medlar

Iranian Medlar is a dessert variety introduced by Keepers Nursery. It originates from the wild medlars which grow in the Alborz Mountains in northern Iran. It is widely grown in Iran where it is a traditional and popular late autumn and early winter fruit.

The fruit is slightly smaller than most other varieties of medlar and rather more conical in shape. It is the one of the best flavoured medlars. In common with other medlars the fruit has a brown russet skin. The flesh is quite hard and green until it is fully ripe when it turns brown in colour and becomes soft. It is quite sweet with a texture and flavour similar to a thick apple puree. It ripens earlier than other varieties. It can be left on the tree to ripen in November or picked prior to ripening and allowed to ripen in storage. The ripe fruit can be frozen and eaten fresh after defrosting.

The tree is compact with a bushy growth habit. It crops very well and does not have any major disease or pest problems. It has attractive large white blossom in May. Unlike most fruit trees medlar blossom opens after the leaves.

Main characteristics of Iranian Medlar

Use Dual Cul & Des
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early Nov
Season of use  Nov-Dec

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading

Self fertility  Self Fertile