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Cydonia oblonga 'Vranja' Nenadovic (F)

quince 'Vranja'

'Vranja' is a large, broad-crowned deciduous shrub, or small tree, with leaves grey-hairy beneath and pink-tinged flowers to 5cm wide. Large pear-shaped, green fragrant fruits become golden-yellow when ripe

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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 White Pink Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Yellow
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
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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a warm, sheltered spot as flowers are susceptible to frost and warm conditions are needed for the fruit to ripen well. Tolerant to a wide range of soil, but will do best where soil is deep and moisture retentive, so long as it is not prone to waterlogging. Further quince cultivation advice

Propagation

It can be established on its own root and propagated from semi-ripe cuttings in summer, but it is often propagated by grafting onto a clonal rootstock for fruit. The rootstock will determine the size of the plant

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free, can be occasionally affected by pests that can affect apples and pears such as caterpillars and aphids

Diseases

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

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