The Loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica) is a member of the Rose Family (Rosaceae) whose fruit is ripening now. Despite its species name, japonica, this fruit tree is native to south-central China which would be the equivalent to the temperate zone in the U.S. Unlike most temperate zone plants, this one does quite well in South Florida. Japan is the world’s leading commercial producer of the fruit, so that may be why the species name is japonica. The flowers are somewhat fragrant, and the leathery serrated leaves makes this an attractive tree in the landscape. The fruit is just an added bonus.
Richard Lyons nursery currently has this tree in stock.