Question: Bloom- like apple
or pear, white with pale pink blush, fragrant. blooms same
time as other fruits.
Fruit- velvet or suede furry look and feel, more so than
peach, retains 5 green sepals and stamens after several
months, color is pale avacado and
turns a bit more gold and fur gets browner as season wears
on, attached to end of 4 - 5 inch branch rather than short
stem off a twig, Fruit remained
hard and was the size of apricot or a bit more at end of
season, core is like apple or pear; when cut into it is
hard, crisp, and extremely sweet.
cooked a long time to get tender. It was on tree almost
7 months when harvested. not a lot of flavor but "good"
Leaf- non-shiny, leathery, veining, back paler color and
velvety. emerging leaves spring green and all velvety. leaf
shape is oval not heart,
leaf margin is smooth but gentle ripples- offset veining.
Stems- bark smooth with some red brown, some gold brown
with dark green, some gray, and all with reddish freckles
This year have 4 fruits ranging from 1 in diameter to almost
2 in diameter. tree almost never gets watered.
Answer: The fruit in question is commonly
known as medlar (Mespilus germanica L.). It is closely related
to apples, pears and quince. You can find it on page 2043-2044
of Bailey's Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture (the one
published back in the nineteen teens--I didn't look in Hortus
Third, but am sure that it's there, too).
Julian Sauls, Extension Citrus Specialist, Weslaco, Texas.