Mespilus germanica ‘Flanders Giant’ ®

Mespilus germanica ‘Flanders Giant ® with tasty and huge medlars

Mespilus germanica ‘Flanders Giant’ ®

The theme of the October 2009 Beervelde Garden Days is “Fruit from the garden”. Consequently, this is the ideal location and opportunity for the introduction of this new variety medlar.

Meanwhile, the variety of plant breeders’ rights protected and patented. After 20 years of research and breeding since 2006 followed a period of testing at the plant in France and England. The results were so convincing positive breeder here followed. The commercialization can operate and many have been before the patenting their interest for this show.

Well, the ‘Flanders Giant ® is exclusively on the Garden Days of Beervelde promoted and sold in the state of the VVPV (the castle). Members of the VVPV and you as reader, enjoys gardening advice with a special discount coupon below of € 5 per plant!

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This new Medlar is remarkable both by its large flowers and fruits that are pretty easy to get a diameter of 7 cm. He is the result of many years’ kruis’-trip.

One parent is crossed by us earlier medlar, the Mespilus germanica ‘Giant of Uitbergen. All the good qualities of the plant are contained in, the flavor is improved by crosses with a ‘foundling’ with special sweet taste.

In the spring he was adorned with large white fragrant flowers. After fruit set caused the medlar. The foliage is dark green oblong and has a bronze in autumn fall coloring. Insect pests or tree has little or no expense.

A big plus to this is many medlar pulp. Compared with a normal medlar, this new improved varieties to 80% more flesh. This makes the fruit more suited to the kitchen to be incorporated into a dish delicieus.

The medlar is a plant of the rose family (Rosaceae). The tree is much less common than before, but now again gaining in popularity. The medlar is full of vitamin C, is related to the apple and pear fruit and was very important during the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, before the introduction of other fruits in Western Europe. The medlar is good for the stomach and digestion, and very healthy because the fruit contains many minerals, tannin / tannic acid (antioxidant) and fiber. One writes to the medlar healing for digestive problems and bleeding.

After the first frost, the fruit is soft and brown, and then after a while they can be eaten. Recommended in October or November after a night frost and placing them face down with two to three weeks in a cool place. The fruit is “fair” in which a fermentation process using the color changes from green / white to dark brown and taste sweet sickly taste. It is also possible the fruits in the freezer for a few days, upon which they can be eaten. For some, the medlar a delicacy. The saying: “As rotten as a medlar” in fact refers to a delicacy!

The immature medlar are also prized in a flower arrangement or other process!

The medlar fertilizes itself, so two copies for pollination and fruit set is not necessary.

Plant Characteristics:

Flower color: white welgeurende large flowers.
Leaf color: dark green – light hair.
Height: 2.50 – 3.50 meters
Flowering period: April – May
Growth Form: out rowing, stuikachtige small tree.
Multiply: This variety is grafted at the bottom.
Available from soil.


Location: sun, partial shade and even shade is well tolerated;
Soil: any soil types, places few demands;
Humidity: permeability;
PH: Neutral.


A medlar goes without pruning, the more you prune, the more vertical shoots growing on the tree you get. A young tree pruning by hand can be trained into a tree. The main branch is in the early arrest and led to a stick. In winter, the branches with one third of the length shortened. There will be the following season to the main branch branches are formed.

The medlar flowers on two-year wood. In the following years, only old fruit branches cut away the crown threatens to become too close. Expertise of pruning is not necessary to do to get fruit. A medlar you standing if you make a fan shape from.

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