Rosaceae (rose family) Eriobotrya

Eriobotrya deflexa bronze loquat

Reddish new leaves and fragrant flowers of Eriobotrya deflexa near the Clock Tower. Sairus Patel, 31 Mar 2020
Eriobotrya deflexa, School of Education. Irene Beardsley, 20 Mar 2003

Behind Memorial Church and along the south side of the School of Education the small trees with shiny leaves are bronze loquats, so-called from the color of the young leaves. The small fruits are not as messy as big loquats and are not worth trying to eat, but if you break one open you will immediately recognize the slippery brown seeds.

Illustrations: habit.

Name derivation: Eriobotrya – Greek erion (wool) and botrys (cluster of grapes), referring to the wooly inflorescence; deflexa – bent abruptly down.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.