- Position: full sun
- Soil:fertile, moist but well drained
- Rate of growth:average
- Flowering period:April to May
- Flower colour:pale pink to white
- Other features:quinces were once used as room fresheners
- Hardiness:fully hardy
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.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.
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