A long lived tree, the Chinese Quince tree has a number of attributes. The botanical name is Cydonia sinensis(syn Pseudocydonia sinensis) and it produces fragrant pink flowers in spring, mature specimens have attractive bark, it has good autumn colour and it produces edible fruits. it also happens to be a popular tree with Japanese bonsai growers.
The fruit is large, and although it can be eaten fresh it is usually used to make jams, chutneys or used for stewing.
Best described as a small deciduous tree that will reach around 5 – 7 metres in height. You can use it as an ornamental tree or prune it as a shrub.
This is a hardy low maintenance tree. It grows well in full sun to part shade and once established requires only a little extra water. Grown in a good humus rich soil, the only maintenance is pruning as required. This may be lifting the lower parts of the tree to provide access, or pruning to maintain a smaller shape.
- Botanical Name – Cydonia sinensis (syn Pseudocydonia sinensis)
- Common Name – Chinese Quince
- Height – To around 7 metres
- Spread – To around 5 metres
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Humus rich and well drained.
- Flowering Time – Spring
- Flower colour – Pink