Its called Lokwat or Loquat or pi pa ye (China) or formally called Eriobotrya Japonica, a fruit tree belonging to the family Rosaceae, indigenous to southeastern China. I have not seen the flowers or the fruits but I got the plant, given by a good friend who planted it from seeds given by a Chinese friend. Actually I didnt even bother to fertilise it and left it on its own. Surprisingly its grown taller and taller!
my Loquat plant still in its original pot left on its own...
the original shoot was broken by a strong wind and
since then has grown 3 new branches
these are the Loquat flowers which give a heady aroma that can
be smelled from a distance (Wikipedia)
Loquat fruits (Wikipedia)
Loquat fruits are rounded, oval or pear shaped, with orange, yellow or red colour skin which can be peeled manually when ripe...the flesh is white, yellow or orange, succulent, tangy and sweet just like its distant relative the apple..with a high sugar, acid and pectin content. Can be eaten as fresh fruits, mix with other fruits in fruit salads or can be made into jelly, jam, chutney or light wine. Loquat fruits are also made into syrup in Chinese medicines just like a cough drop. The fruits if eaten in quantity have a gentle sedative effect which can last around 24 hours. It seems the seeds (pips) and the young shoots are poisonous which have some chemicals that release low content of cynide but because of its low content and its bitter taste, normally prevent us from consuming it so not enough to cause any harm.
Loquat tree with lots of fruits (Wikipedia)....cant wait for my own
Loquat to flower and bear fruits!
Now that I know what Loquat fruit looks like, I must give a lot more attention to my own Loquat plant so that it will bear lots of flowers and fruits. Thank you my friend Prof Abdul Wahab Arbain for giving me that plant.