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This is a slow growing tree with a broad crown. Green foliage turns beautiful Autumn tones in a range of oranges and reds. It produces pear shaped fruit, with a brown rough outer, which has to be fully ripe to be eaten, usually after Winter frosts, and is often used for preserves. Single white flowers (similar to apple blossom) appear in Spring. Self-fertile Medlars have a long history of cultivation and have been grown for their fruit in Europe for centuries. The ripe, softened fruit has a sweet and somewhat nutty flavor, making it a delicacy in some cultures. In Britain, references to medlars can be found in writers from the 14thCentury onward, including Chaucer and Shakespeare.