Native to China and has an extensive history in Middle East. The quince may have been the 'Fruit of Temptation' in the story of the Garden of Eden. In ancient Greece this fruit was presented to the bride on her wedding day as a symbol of fertility. Belongs to the family of Rosaceae which includes apples and pears.
An attractive multi stemmed small tree through all the seasons. In spring with it's single pink flowers, into autumn with its large oval yellow fruit and the red/orange autumn colouring of the autumn leaves - stunning. Mature trees exoliate their bark to reveal brown, green, orange and grey patches. Often the trunk becomes fluted with age adding more texture and appeal.
Rich in vitamin C, zinc, potassium, copper and iron. Also high in dietary fibre. Quinces are high in antioxidants which attack the free radicals in ones body.
How to Eat
Quinces are not eaten raw. They are cooked to remove the high acidity and made into quince paste, jelly, poached, tea, wine and preserved. It cooks into pink/red colour - stunning. Quince paste delicous with your favourite cheese or enjoy the rich aroma and caramel colour of poached quince with vanilla ice cream.
Generic Fruiting Time
Full sun but can take slight shade.
Stake while young for support.
cold hardy but also thrives in heat and humidity.
Chinese quince will tolerate poor soils but prefers fertile, well drained loams.
Plant with support of a stake while the plant gets established.
If soils are poor, mulch with lots of organic matter and fertilise early spring with a general Fruit tree fertiliser.
Prune to shape and remove cross over branches otherwise not needed.
No known pest & diseases to attack Chinese Quince.
Cold and heat hardy.