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Cydonia oblonga (F)
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quince

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

Other common names
common quince
Synonyms
Cydonia vulgaris

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink White Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
W Asia

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 and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
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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