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Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat)

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Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat)

Eriobotrya japonica, Green Coucal, Mutare, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]

Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat)

Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat) in fruit in Cape Town garden, South Africa. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]

The Loquat is native to southeastern China and was introduced to southern Africa as an ornamental tree with fruit that can be eaten. In South Africa it has been classified as a Category 3 invasive weed. This means that you should not propagate, plant, import, sell/buy this species. If you have a loquat tree that has been growing from before the start of these regulations (30 March 2001) it can be left growing - but only if it is growing further than 30 metres for a 1:50 year flood line of stream, river etc. If it is growing within 30 metres it needs to be removed.