The loquat is a small, pear shaped fruit, which is a member of the Rosaceae family. It is also called a Japanese medlar, Japanese plum, or mayapple. It is related to the pear, peach, and apple. The fruit is the size of a crab apple and resembles a miniature apricot, approximately 3 inches by 1-1/2 inches. They grow in clusters. The loquat tree is an ornamental evergreen tree that is native to China and Japan. It can grow up to 23 feet tall. The wood of the loquat tree is sought after by instrument crafters.