Loquat fruit is an evergreen woody shrub to small tree native of eastern Asia and has woolly, deep green, shiny leaves and white, fragrant flowers in winter. Flowers are followed by ovoid, peach like orange fruits from late spring to summer. Winter hardy in Central Europe provided that young plants are protected in winter with a thick, dry mulch layer. In Central Europe plants will usually fruit only under climatic favorable conditions or as container plants in the wintergarden under frostfree conditions. X-II.