The Bronze Loquat (Eriobotrya deflexa) has a stunning, distinctive bronze-green foliage, and red highlights, making it a visually-appealing tree. In springs it blooms with deep spring flowers but rarely sets any fruits. Because of its crown complexity, it requires quite a lot of pruning to make sure the tree is healthy and beautiful. That means maintenance is almost mandatory.
Though native to Taiwan, China, or Vietnam, the Bronze Loquat is a popular shrub in the Southern United States and California.
How High Does It Grow?
The Bronze Loquat has Evergreen foliage, and usually grows 36 inches per year until it reaches a maximum height for 15-25 feet and a width of 10-20 feet. It can live anywhere between 50 and 150 years, depending on its environment.
What You Need to Know When Planting the Bronze Loquat
This tree is not drought-resistant and therefore requires moist soil to grow. It can thrive in soils with clay, loam, or sandy textures. The Bronze Loquat is native to warm climates of Southeast Asia, but you can also find plenty of these trees planted across California.
Because it is a small-medium sized tree, the Bronze Loquat can be easily planted in residential areas, as it doesn’t need a lot of space. Usually, it needs to be planted:
- 6 feet from a building and driveway
- 12 feet from other trees
The tree also has moderate water requirements, but it does need a lot of sun exposure in order to grow healthy.
A Tree with Medicinal Properties
Traditional Chinese medicine often makes use of plants or trees to treat various ailments, and the trees in the Loquat family are no exception. Extracts from their skin, leaves, or flowers have been used in tinctures and home remedies for centuries to treat anything from vitamin deficiencies to even boosting one’s heart health.
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