Nottingham is smaller and more upright than most medlar trees. It is a self-fertile variety. It has large leaves and produces white blossom in spring. The fruit has good flavour but is fairly small. The fruit has to be bletted before it can be eaten. This means leaving the fruit on the tree until the colour turns dark brown and the medlars become softer. When the medlars are ready, the fruits are soft and can be squeezed to press out the flesh which at this stage is like apple sauce. The tree grows well on well-drained soil.