CHINESE QUINCE

FAMILY: Rosaceae | GENUS: PSEUDOCYDONIA sinensis

TYPE
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Seldom seen, curious tree, usually 1520 ft. high (sometimes taller) and about as wide. Trunk is very attractive, with bark that flakes off to reveal shades of brown, green, and gray. Trunks on old trees are often fluted. Roundish oval, dark green leaves to 4 in. long turn yellow and red in fall. Spring bloom produces a scattering of flowers rather than a showthe pale pink, 1- to 1-in. blossoms are borne singly at ends of year-old twigs. Blossoms are followed by extraordinary fruit: fragrant, yellow, egg-shaped quinces to 7 in. long, weighing over a pound apiece. The fruit can be made into jam. Very susceptible to fireblight in warm, humid areas; control by pruning out damaged wood. Needs acid soil and good drainage.

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