• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cydonia oblonga (F)


  • Other common names quince
    common quince

  • Synonyms Cydonia vulgaris

  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus Cydonia are large deciduous shrubs with simple, ovate leaves and 5-petalled, bowl-shaped pink or white flowers, followed by pear-like fruits, edible when ripe

  • Details C. oblonga is a large shrub or small tree with crowded branches bearing broadly oval, mid-green leaves with grey, downy undersides. Solitary, pale pink to white flowers are produced in late spring, followed by edible, aromatic, golden-yellow, pear-shaped fruit

  • Plant range W Asia


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Fruit

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect West-facing or South-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in deep, fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a warm, sheltered spot. See quince cultivation

Propagation Propagate the species by seed sown in autumn. Species and cultivars may be propagated from semi-ripe cuttings in summer and hardwood cuttings in autumn or early winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Can occasionally be affected by caterpillars and aphids

Diseases Can suffer from quince leaf blight, brown rot, fireblight and powdery mildews

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