A genus of Rosaceous shrubs, of which the best-known members are japonica (Eriobotrya), the Japanese Loquat, an ornamental evergreen, 10-20 ft. high, with large oblong deeply veined leaves and racemes of white flowers, succeeded in warm countries by pale orange-red Quince-like fruits. Hardy in the milder parts of the kingdom and very ornamental. Easily raised from imported seeds, by cuttings, layers, and grafting on the Quince. P. serrulata, from China and Japan, has serrated Laurel-like leaves, and flat trusses of small white flowers between April and July.