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Cydonia oblonga Meech's Prolific

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Quince

Unusual, historic fruit

A delightful small tree with grey bark and leathery green leaves, silver-grey when they first unfurl in spring. Exquisite single pink flowers develop into pear-like fruits, green at first ripening to bright gold and wonderfully aromatic. The fruits can be used to make jellies and added to pie fillings with apple. A perfect choice for a small garden. Self-fertile which means it produces fruit without need for other trees to pollinate it. 

Where?

Plant in full sun as a small specimen tree in grass or to add height in a bed with low shrubs and perennials. Ideal for a small orchard. 

How?

Any well drained fertile soil that is not waterlogged. Stake securely when planting and check regularly as the tree grows. Apply general fertiliser annually. Prune to control shape and size in winter if necessary.

The quince has been grown since ancient times and may have preceded the apple.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From January to December