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Covered in sweet scented flowers in late fall, the Loquat or Níspero (Eriobotrya japonica) is a Asian-native, evergreen tree that has been widely planted throughout Latin America for its plum-sized fruit and as an ornamental. Though rarely fruiting to any degree in Athens due to late fall freezes, the Loquat is widely planted throughout the Southeastern US. In Chinese traditional medicine the dried leaves are used for relieving cough. Currently compounds from the leaves are being studied for their effectiveness in treating diabetes.