The Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, an ancient fruit grown in Japan for the past 1,000 years.
It is a large evergreen shrub or tree, grown commercially for its yellow fruit, and also cultivated as an ornamental plant.
It is also known as Japanese plum.
Loquats are high in vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium, and manganese.
The tree can grow to 5–10 metres tall, but is often smaller, about 3–4 metres.
Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe at any time from early spring to early summer.
The flowers have a lovely sweet, heady aroma that can be smelled from a distance.
Loquat syrup is used in Chinese medicine for soothing the throat and is a popular ingredient for cough drops.