The loquat is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, native to central China. It is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, grown commercially for its yellow fruit, and also cultivated as an ornamental plant. It has a rounded crown, short trunk and woolly new twigs. The tree can grow to 16–33 ft. tall, but is often smaller, about 10–13 ft.The leaves are dark green, tough and leathery in texture.
Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe in late winter or early spring.