Medlars (Mespilus germanica) are a hawthorn relative native to southwestern Asia. This unusual fruit has been cultivated for thousands of years in Europe, Turkey and Iran. Medlars make cameo appearances in four of Shakespeare's plays. In the spring, this tree boasts beautiful downy pink flowers. Odd shaped fruit are picked in the fall and 'bletted' or ripened indoors. The flesh is fine textured and sweet, with a flavor similar to spiced apple sauce. Great for eating out of hand or for preserves. Thrives in a full sun location. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9. Grows to 12' tall. Self-fertile. For more on medlar history, cultivation and fruit recipes, see our article here.