Eriobotrya japonica ( Gold Nugget Loquat )

‘Gold Nugget’ is a dependable fruiting variety (May to June). Fruit is often injured by low temperatures. This cultivar will grow 15 to 20 feet high, and just as wide, in a sunny location. Leaves are large, leathery, stoutly veined, 6to 12 inches long, with sharply toothed margins. The color is a glossy, deep green color above, with rust-colored wool beneath. It’s flower clusters, 3 to 6 inches in diameter, borne in fall are not showy but very fragrant. The fruit is 1 to 2 inches long, and has orange skin and flesh and is sweeter than ‘Champagne’. If tree fruits heavily, remove some while they are small to increase the size of remaining fruit and to prevent branches from splitting. Thinning the branches will expose more light into the interior to increase both size and production. Very few pests, but aphids and scale can be a problem. Fireblight is a danger. If plant blackens from the top downward, prune back 12 inches or more to healthy wood. Sterilize shears between cuts.