Cydonia oblonga is the Quince trees, and they are a great fruit tree for the home garden.
Not only do they produce useful fruit but they also make great specimen trees. So for a versatile fruit tree, that grows well in colder climates, is ornamental and easy care, Quince Trees are worth considering.
A fully laden Quince tree with golden fruit at the end of summer into fall is magnificent.
Growing conditions and care.
Quinces are cold tolerant, and in fact need a chill period to set fruit, self pollinating they will produce more fruit if located near another quince tree.
They do prefer a good humus rich soil, hoever they will grow in poorer soils. A sunny position is essential for good fruiting. Generally suited to zones 5-10.
Quince trees are slow to grow and produce rather random criss crossed growth. Little pruning is required although dead wood should be pruned back to a junction as needed. As the tree matures some of the intersecting branches can be pruned away to open the structure of the tree.
Fruit is produced on the current seasons growth, so mature trees can be pruned a little when dormant to stimulate new growth and improve fruiting.
Quince trees are available for sale from the following specialist nurseries.
STARK Bro's NURSERIES& ORCHARDS Co.
PO Box 1800 Louisiana MO 63353 - phone: 1-800-325-4180
Originators of Red and Golden Delicious apples. Full line of fruit, Apricots, Berries, Cherries, Nectarines, Pears, Grapes, Nuts, shade and flowering trees, shrubs roses and small fruits.Includes: Walnuts, Carpathian English Walnut, Lake English Walnut, Black Walnut and others