Loquat leaves dry and papery?

Asked May 14, 2020, 4:13 PM EDT

I have a couple of indoor Loquat trees, grown from seed just for fun...the largest is 8.5 inches tall with 8 inch leaves. They are both in south windows, which is all I have. Although the plants seem healthy, the leaves on both plants are quite dry and papery. Is this normal for these plants, or is there something else I should be doing for them?

New York County New York

1 Response

Fun! The great leaves of Eriobotrya japonica should be leathery green on top, lighter green with rusty fuzz underneath.

The leaves can be damaged by direct sun and that could be what you are seeing - a bit of sunburn, though the generally like bright southern light. They can also get dry, papery edges if the plants are positioned too near a heat vent, so that they are getting heated drying, heated drafts, or too near a very cold window.