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Loquat 'Japanese Plum'

Eriobotrya japonica


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Loquat 'Japanese Plum' Planting Mix

Helps your Loquat 'Japanese Plum' get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 7-10
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-20 ft.

Mature Width:

10-15 ft.


Full Sun

Growth Rate:


Harvest Time:

Winter-early spring

Botanical Name:

Eriobotrya japonica

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Turn Your Garden into a Tropical Paradise

Transforming your garden or backyard into a tropical retreat has never been easier thanks to the Loquat. Plant them by themselves or intermingle this Asian beauty with a few palm trees and you can create a tropical paradise right at home.

Perfect Size for a Multitude of Planting Possibilities

Loquats will grow to about 10 feet high, making them a good size for a diversity of planting options. The shiny, thick leaves with saw tooth edges and delicate white flowers combine for a tropical look and fresh scent that will help you escape from the day's stress.

Delicious Fruit with a Flavor all its own

The visual appeal and subtle fragrance aren't the only tropical features of the Loquat. Its juicy orange flesh has a delicious tropical flavor-like a sweet, tangy plum and a kumquat all in one.

Loquat Means Low Maintenance

Capable of tolerating winds, drought and a wide spectrum of soil types, Loquats thrive in full sun and do well in partial shade. Well draining soil and plenty of water are about all your Loquat will require.  Be aware that if you are in growing zone 7, the fruit will drop off the tree once the temperature dips to 25F. You can easily prevent this keeping your Loquat in a container and moving it inside before temperatures dip below freezing. This will ensure you get a healthy harvest of delicious Loquats.

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Customer Reviews

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17 Reviews
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My tree arrived bigger than I expected and very lush. It looks very healthy. I would highly recommend this tree.
April 28, 2018
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I water it every other day and I continue to monitor it to see how it is doing
I just purchase the tree and it arrived in a long box and when we open it the plant was beautiful. I was so excited that I named it my little charley Brown tree, I can't wait to see the fruit it produces
October 15, 2017
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Better than I expected
I purchased this tree approx. 2 years ago. I ordered a 5 foot tree and received one that was over 7 feet so that was a great surprise. After planting the tree (I did purchase the extra "goodies" that are options in the checkout to help assist the tree in the transition of re-planting, the tree has grown immensely. It has grown at least 4-5 feet tall and the same distance wide. Unfortunately it has not had any fruit grow from it yet but I am hopeful. Do not hesitate buying this tree, it is worth the price and is a great quality.
October 11, 2017
Great Tree
I received my Loquat 'Japanese Plum' about two months ago. It was in beautiful shape (about 4 foot tall). I planted it immediately in direct sunlight (FL - very hot - zone 9) and very sandy soil. As of today, there is amazing new growth coming out of each branch. The new growth contains many light green leaves. FGT is amazing and I will continue buying everythin I want from them. Thanks Pam ;-)
All new growth
4'3" Tall
July 1, 2017
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excellent choice
A truly hardy plant. Can withstand high winds, deluges of rain and hot sun. I got one this year, and despite the forenamed conditions present this spring and summer, this plant is absolutely thriving! I love it. It has grown about 10 inches taller already, since planting IN April 2017.
June 30, 2017
Beautiful Tree
The tree was well packed and got it intact and healthy. Planted and already had new leaves coming out. Looking forward to more leaves and hopefully some flowers..Thanks and will order again.
May 6, 2017
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bloomed in 1st year,
l purchased 2 loquat trees in late may 2015 both trees has beginning to bloom in late September. l purchased these trees for my honeybees for late autumn forage, they loves loquat flowers, and l will enjoy my fruits in summer. Thank you very much.
October 10, 2015
over 3 years ago
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My tree appears to have adjusted well. I hope it does well this winter. I can't wait to see what it will look like next year.
October 9, 2015
over 3 years ago
For many years I have tried to find a tree called "BIWA" in Japan with fruits similar to the loquat I bought from your company. This one is close and is very beautiful and growing well in our conditions in southern Oklahoma. I can hardy wait for the beautiful blooms and the delicious fruit. I was very pleased and surprised that it was delivered so fast. Thank you so much.
October 6, 2015
over 3 years ago
Fruit Growing in 4 Months!
I live in central FL. Great plant! I bought in October 2014. It shipped fast and came in good healthy condition. I planted it in a nice big sunny area with good soil and mulch on top, and ran some drip irrigation around it. I bought the little fertilizer tablets, but haven't even needed to use them. It's very healthy looking and just started growing little clusters of loquats around January. They are still green right now, so haven't tried eating any yet. I am very happy with this purchase. I was expecting AT LEAST a year or two before we saw any fruit. Will definitely buy more plants from here in the future. Thanks! -Matt
February 17, 2015
over 4 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Loquat 'Japanese Plum'

Loquat 'Japanese Plum' Planting Diretions

The Japanese plum tree (Eriobotrya japonica), or “loquat” as it is commonly referred to, is a low maintenance, self-pollinating fruit tree native to the colder regions of China to South central China. Reaching a mature height/width of about 10-20 feet, it’s grown for the small, plum sized yellow fruit, its whorls of glossy, dark green foliage and naturally attractive shape. The loquat performs best when grown in USDA zones 7-10 and is quite adaptable but will not tolerate being grown in areas prone to standing water/poor drainage.


Choosing a location: Select a spot where the tree will be in full sun and has plenty of open space. Allow at least 25 feet from structures, sidewalks and driveways unless you plan to control the size of the tree by pruning regularly. It’s always good to be sure your area has a well draining soil.

Planting Directions:
1) Make the hole three times wider than the root ball and three times as deep. Keep the removed native soil next to the planting site.
2) Carefully remove the young tree from its pot and run the root ball under water to help free up the dirt a bit. This will help free the roots making it easier to adapt to its new home. 
3) Place the tree in the hole, and hold it straight as you back fill with the native soil that was removed. Fill in the hole half way, tamping down with your hands as you fill and stop when the hole is half full.
4) Water the soil to settle it properly which eliminates the possibility of air pockets forming and then continue to fill the hole. Water again once it has been completely filled to further settle the soil and give the tree its first initial watering.
5) Spread a 2-3 inch layer of mulch to keep the soil moist and combat competing weed growth.


Watering: Your new loquat will benefit from a watering every other day for the first week and then 1-2 times a week for the first two months. After the initial couple of months, during its first three years, make sure to water once a week and more during extended periods of drought. During the rainy season you should not have the need to water the tree at all.   


Pruning: During its first couple of years, the loquat will benefit from a bi-monthly trimming of the branch tips. Keeping them shorter than 3 feet forces the loquat to sprout more branches which in turn makes more growth surfaces for the fruit. ALWAYS sterilize your cutting tool(s) to ensure a clean cut to avoid any plant-transmitted diseases. Remove dead twigs, branches and leaves as early as possible. Dead organic matter left on a tree can encourage a host of other problems like rot, disease and fungus. More mature loquat trees need pruning once yearly after the fruiting season. DO NOT prune before or during the flowering time because it can reduce, or even eliminate, your chances for fruit harvesting that year. Although the loquat can get to be quite tall, people have successfully grown them and pruned them to a maintainable height of 6-12 feet tall.


Fertilizing: Your loquat will require a feeding three times yearly with a non-weed killing lawn fertilizer. Use one cup of the fertilizer divided into three applications over the growing season. For the second and third years, increase the amount to 2 cups, spread the fertilizer on the ground and then water.
If you’d rather use an organic method of feeding the tree, then use 2-3 lbs. of aged manure, 2 tablespoons of greensand (a green-ish type of sandstone) and a tablespoon of rock phosphate will work just as well.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
beautiful plants!
allen e on Apr 3, 2017
tastes great
Jesse N on Mar 30, 2016
beautiful plants!
allen e on Apr 3, 2017
tree i loved as a kid and edible fruit
roy c on Feb 4, 2017
tastes great
Jesse N on Mar 30, 2016
first this one never made it so i lost my money on it
ayman altamimi a on Mar 16, 2016
Hardy, edible
Jack G on Mar 15, 2016
Looking forward to being a great shade tree.
Maria G M on Mar 6, 2016
My daughter loves the fruit this tree bares!
Jennifer G on Mar 6, 2016
hoping for tropical trees to produce sweat fruit
dana a on Feb 25, 2016
karmjit b on Feb 19, 2016
Had one of these growing up and my daughter requested that I plant one.
Thomasina C on Feb 3, 2016
Childhood favorite. We had 4 in Tucson, AZ. Other family members now have these trees AT THEIR CENTRAL Valley, CA homes. Drought tolerant. Love the fruit!
Paige E M on Jan 14, 2016
i grew up with plenty around our house. I love the fruit.
josephine d on Dec 3, 2015
tree i loved as a kid and edible fruit
roy c on Feb 4, 2017
first this one never made it so i lost my money on it
ayman altamimi a on Mar 16, 2016
Is the Loquat purchased from FGT considered Citrus, is it self pollinating, and what is the best fertilizer for them? Also can they be pinched back at top to keep the height down as I am container growing this plant.
falvino on May 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, they are kind of like a plum, not citrus, yes they can be pruned back for container growing.
What variety loquat is this?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They are many variety of loquat tree, but only some of the nursery will tell you what they are. There is a difference on fruit flavor and time of fruit bearing. As far that I know the Golden Nugget and the Bradenton are the sweet one whit larger fruits
Can loquat be grown in Baltimore, Maryland ?
David K on Oct 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Is gold nugget loquat ?
Qiwei Y on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Our Loquat is the Champagne variety.
Do we need two trees for polination?
Dominique b on May 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No the bees do the pollination
Loquat tree-Will this tree produce edible fruit and, if so, how long until it begins producing?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Fruit is delicious but I am not sure how long before it produces fruit. The one we had when I was growing up was already many years old and always produced a tree full of fruit. It is still producing and is about 80 years old or more.
What type of fertilizer to use?
Lonnie F on May 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Look for organic fertilizers formulated perfectly for citrus trees, such as Citrus-tone from Espoma and Dr. Earth Organic 9 Fruit Tree Fertilizer. If you cannot find either of those, you can use palm fertilizer, as they have almost identical requirements.
Has anyone tried planting this in the ground in zone 7? I am debating potting it or planting it on the ground but we do get frost (not all the time) but for a couple of winters now.
Gilly on Aug 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Loquat Trees grow fine planted in the ground in zone 7. Spread hay, pine straw or mulch around the base of your tree to keep the roots warm, and cover it with a towel or sheet at night to protect it from frost.
SANDRA T on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are self-pollinating. You could use a 6-6-6 NPK three times a year during or a lawn fertilizer that does not contain a weed killer.
How big are the fruits?
Yang W on Apr 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We carry the Champagne variety and it is a M-L size and approximately 14-24 grams.
can the seeds from the loquat fruit be planted?
john b on Mar 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They can be grown from seed, but they will take years longer to produce and the fruit is not always tasty. The benefits to grafting a tree are that it will produce sooner, it will have a true taste and they are more disease and pest resistant.
I like to plant a Loquat tree, but I live in NJ which is zone 6, any suggestion? Thanks, Christine
christine on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would suggest placing it in a pot. Put it outside in the warmer days, and bring it inside when temperatures start to dip below 50 degrees.
My loquat has white fuzz on it.Do you know what it is?
sharon T on Jul 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Both the leaf and fruit will be fuzzy. When the fruit is young (green) and when the leaves are new (pale green), they will have more fuzz that thins out as the fruit ripens and the leaves mature. The fuzz on ripe fruit and mature leaves can be easily rubbed off from handling or rubbing between your fingers. This is quite normal and a healthy loquat. This fuzz is not usually a solid white. Solid white comes from these white moth-like bugs that lay eggs on the leaves, sometimes eating at new leaves.
Can we grow Loquat trees in Sun City, CA?
A shopper on Oct 18, 2014
I don't see why not. You need to look at the zones that Fast Trees say it can grow in.
Are these trees grown from seed, or from grafting?
Lakota on Apr 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: All of our fruit trees are grafted.
should the spent blooms be pruned off the loquat tree??
A shopper on Oct 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Sorry I can't help. I just planted mine a few months ago and they haven't bloomed yet. I think that even if they should be pruned off, after a few years they'll be so high in the tree that I'll just let them auto prune.
Good luck
Hello,I live in Woodland of CA. How this plant will be delivered? In pot or bared?
Zhong on Oct 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They will be delivered in a pot.
Can we grow Loquat tree in Dallas Tx ? Is it ok to plant in August ..
Surinder M on Aug 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Loquat Tree will grow very well in Dallas Texas. It's best to plant the Loquat Tree in the early Spring or early Fall, however if you aren't experiencing scorching hot temperatures in the 90's or above you can go ahead and plant this tree now.
Can a Loquat (Japanese Plum) tree bear fruits when it is grown in a pot, in door?
Jane J on Oct 24, 2018
does the tree loose its leaves in autumn? I live in Zone 8.
Shaz S on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Not that I've noticed so I'd have to say No!
When is the best time to plant this tree? I live in Northern California
Bebot on Jan 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Since you live in Northern CA, you can pretty much plant anytime of year as long as you can dig a hole in the ground.
Why is the bark peeling on the trunk?
Dennis F on Mar 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This happens when the tree is growing some trees like these the bark cracks or peels as the tree trunk gets larger ..
What do the blossoms look like?
Carol E on Dec 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Loquat "Japanese Plum" blossoms are small tan balls which produce a small white flower at the tip. After the flower is spent, the remaining small bulbs become the fruit. I got two from this company in April 2015. They were about four feet tall, and now they are towering over the roof of my shed. Since my soil was sandy, I invested in several bags of fruit tree soil, along with some cow manure and peat moss for moisture retention. They are both loaded with fruit right now (in Florida). I sent pictures to the website hoping they will share them with you.
I just transplanted a Loquat tree, should I water it every day and for how long ? We live in se north Carolina.
tom m on Dec 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in Lexington South Carolina I bought mine last year and I watered every other day all year , I'm not watering at much right now because it's cooler but it seems to be doing fine
How does this do in. Container ?
Michele G on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I had mine in a container for a year to let it grow some more. It seemed to grow fine, just in a container you need to water it a bit more as it drives out more easily. It is now planted in the ground and doing fine.
is loquat tree self pollunating or need more than one plant?
satya g on Jul 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: While some loquat tree varieties are self-fertile, many are not. A self-fertile tree has both male and female flowers and will produce fruit on its own. A tree that is not self-fertile will only produce when planted near enough another loquat tree for cross-pollination to occur. A tree that is only partially self-fertile will produce without being paired with another tree, but fruit production will be reduced. Bees are the primary pollinators of loquat trees, so if there are no bees, you should expect a small crop.
Do I need to buy the patio planting kit if I have to plant the tree in my backyard ?
A shopper on Jun 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I don't believe I did and mine is doing fine,just be careful and do not plant it too deep. Other than this if you see the leaves drooping add water and feed.
Can loquats be planted in New Jersey?
FATIN G on Jun 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Are loquats salt tolerant ?
David D on Jun 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Loquat's are moderately salt tolerant.
When is the best time of year to transplant?
Carl H on Sep 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Spring/Fall would be a great time.

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