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Cydonia oblonga 'Champion' (F)

quince 'Champion'

A grafted variety of semi-dwarf tree to about 3m, which is highly productive. Green leaves with pale undersides, open before white-pink flowers in spring and become large pear-shaped fragrant yellow fruits used for jams and jellies. Leaves turn a yellow colour before they fall

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink White Green
Summer Green
Autumn Yellow Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Spreading branched
Potentially harmful
Seeds contain toxins so these should be removed if you are considering eating the fruit, usually grown as an ornamental shrub. Pets: Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten - see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants for further information and useful contact numbers
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

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist soil in a warm, sheltered spot. See quince cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Edible fruit
Pruning

Pruning group 1 but any growth from beneath the graft point, should be removed as soon as possible

Pests

May be susceptible to caterpillars and aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to quince leaf blight, brown rot, fireblight, powdery mildews and honey fungus

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