Quince

Cydonia oblonga 'Vranja'

Quince - Cydonia oblonga  'Vranja'

Common Name: Quince
Genus: Cydonia
Species: oblonga
Cultivar: 'Vranja'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Edible fruit, Has fragrant flowers/foliage
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Native to rocky slopes in Southwestern Asia quinces are attractive small rounded trees with knarled and slightly contorted branches. The stems are clothed in shallow bowl-shaped pale pink to white flowers in late spring and these are followed by very fragrant pale green pear-like fruits. These ripen in autumn to a golden yellow and grow up to 8cm long. They are too bitter and hard to eat fresh but when cooked the flesh softens and turns pink and makes a delicious jam. It is a very hardy plant but it needs warmth and sun to fruit well so in colder climates it is best trained against a south facing wall. It works well in oriental style gardens and it has received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Other Features: Quinces were once used as room fresheners.

Garden Care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.