Eriobotrya japonica (Thunb.) Lindl.


Trans. Linn. Soc. London 13: 102 (1822) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Tree to c. 10 m high; branchlets densely rusty-tomentose. Leaves lanceolate, oblanceolate, obovate, or elliptic-oblong, 12–30 cm long, 3–9 cm wide, base cuneate, apex acute, margins entire basally, serrate distally, leathery, glossy above, rusty-tomentose below; petiole 6–10 mm long, densely rusty-tomentose; stipules subulate, to c. 15 mm long. Inflorescence a dense, many-flowered panicle to c. 20 cm long. Flowers fragrant; pedicle 2–8 mm long, rusty-tomentose. Sepals triangular-ovate, 2–3 mm long, densely rusty tomentose; petals white; carpels 5, ovules 2 per carpel; styles 5, free. Pome globose or obovoid, 10–15 mm diam., yellow or orange-yellow, tomentose. Flowers winter–spring.    

*GipP, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, NSW, ACT. Native of China.

Commonly cultivated for its edible fruits. Plants occasionally spreading into nearby bushland in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-12-08
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Eriobotrya
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eriobotrya japonica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eriobotrya japonica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory