The Loquat is a fruit tree of Southeastern Chinese origin and grows to 5m. It is an evergreen large shrub or small tree, with a rounded crown, short trunk, woolly new twigs and boldly textured foliage that gives a tropical look and contrasts well with many other plants. Fruits are oval, rounded or pear shaped and are smooth or downy, yellow or orange in colour and develop in clusters on the tree. The white, yellow or orange flesh is somewhat tangy and sweet. Loquats are unique when compared to other fruit trees in that the flowers appear in autumn or early winter, and the fruits ripen in late winter to early spring.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    The loquat is suited to a subtropical to mild-temperature climate. Plants that are grown outside of these climate requirements may not bear fruit.

    Thrives in full sun, but will still grow reasonably well in partial shade.

    The loquat grows well over a range of soils as long as they have moderate fertility, from light sandy loam to heavy clay, along with reasonably good drainage.

    Trees should be well watered, regularly at planting and for the first few weeks following. As a young tree, the loquat should be watered twice a week unless if it rains. Once fruit bearing, irrigate during fruit development and prolonged dry spells.

    The loquat is drought tolerant, but higher yields and quality are achieved when give regular, deep watering during flowering and fruit development.

    Plants are fairly wind tolerant.

    Well established loquats can handle drops of cold weather as low as -10°C.

    The loquat is a handsome ornamental that is great for shading a patio or can be kept as a good container specimen.

    The objective of pruning is to create a low head to facilitate fruit thinning and harvesting. Pruning should also be carried out to remove crossing branches and to thin dense growth, enabling light through the centre of the tree.

    The rainy season is best time of year for planting loquats.

    When planted on fertile soils, your loquat should be set around 7-8m apart within and between rows.

    Birds enjoy picking at ripe fruits so it is wise to use netting whilst trees are bearing fruit.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Young Trees

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2 cups (400g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 600g

    Comments: Apply in spring, summer and again at autumn evenly around the tree canopy.


    Stage: Mature Trees

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 5-10 cups (1-4kg)

    Commercial Use: Up to 4kg

    Comments: Apply 2/3 prior to flowering and the balance in spring. Your loquat may require additional nitrogen.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.