Medlar fruit

The park has a Medlar tree (Mespilus germanica), hidden away in other foliage, but close to the path running by Hixberry Lane Orchard.

This is a picture of its fruit, which is traditionally used in desserts and jellies. It is tart if eaten raw. It is often left on the tree, purely for ornamental puroses, over winter.

The tree is produces pretty blossom in Spring as well as good Autumn colour. It grows to 20ft tall with a potential span of 25ft and is a member of the rose family.