Actually from China not Japan, this attractive tree will survive well enough outside in this country but is unlikely to fruit unless in a greenhouse or conservatory.
Small and evergreen, it will normally reach about 3m in time, with large handsome leaves and pale yellow flowers that are strongly scented. The trouble is it produces them in the late autumn when not only is it getting cold, but there are no insects around to pollinate them. If you can offer them a little warmth at that time and don’t mind pollinating by hand you might persuade it to fruit but even if you can’t, it still makes an attractive pot plant.
About the size and colour of a small apricot, they are delicious eaten just as they are.
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