Loquat

Family:
Rosaceae
Origin:
China, Japan

General description

Evergreen tree <8m tall. Large, stout, slightly toothed & heavily veined leaves, grow near branch tips, crinkled, oval, dark glossy green above, with a thin mat of soft hairs on underside. Small fragrant dull yellow-white flowers (Mar-May). Orange to yellow, round or pear-shaped edible fruit (Oct-Dec).

Forest margins, shrublands, disturbed sites, riversides, wasteland, roadsides, near settled areas.

Seeds spread by large birds, i.e. pigeons, & also people discarding eaten fruit. Probably also spread by possums.

Infests light forest & shrublands to replace some mid-tier species.

Site management

Easy to kill. Plan for considerable seedling growth after control, dense planting can prevent this. Control garden sources adjacent to valuable habitats.

Recommended approaches

1. Hand pull or dig small seedlings.
2. Ringbark large trees & leave to die standing if they don’t pose a safety hazard to public.
3. Cut down big plants close to ground.
4. Cut and squirt: Make 1 cut per 100mm diameter & fill each cut with 1g metsulfuron (dissolved in approx 50ml water). All year round
5. Spray spring - summer (5g metsulfuron+10ml penetrant/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
loquat - Main species image