More than 30 years ago Dell tasted his first loquat. He describes the unique flavor of a fully ripened loquat as a cross between a peach and a plum, only sweeter like candy!
The loquat tree became even more intriguing to Dell when he discovered how easy it is grow. The loquat tree even flourishes in urban environments and our humid Florida weather.
The loquat tree is a native of China. It is not a citrus tree. It is an evergreen tree with large, stiff leaves and the ability to withstand a wide range of temperatures and soils. It is a reliable and plentiful producer that does not require fertilizer or water once established.
As the board president of Ecology Florida, Dell has long been a champion for locally planting these trees because they’re so easy to care for. He’ll be providing us with all the information we need to enjoy this wonderful tree.