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QUINCE Smyrna

Cydonia oblonga

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Popular selection from Turkey. Fruit is large to very large, furrowed, oblong/pear-shaped, golden-yellow and very aromatic. Flesh is mild, tender, light yellow and is of excellent quality. The fruit keeps very well. Moderately vigorous tree with unusually large leaves.

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All Quince varieties are self fertile. 

SOIL

Prefers well drained, free draining soil. 

PLANTING SITE

Sunny sheltered sites are best. 

CLIMATE

Quinces are best in a temperate environment. 

WATERING

Water well during the early years, during long dry periods and when the fruit is developing.

PESTS & DISEASES

Quinces are best with a preventative spray program. At a minimum a winter oil and copper application should be made, followed in Spring at bud movement and ten days later by another copper spray. Quince trees often get a leaf spot in summer and while it is unattractive, it doesn't seem to be too detrimental to the health of the tree. 

PLANTING IDEAS

Quince trees make a lovely specimen tree and can be espaliered against a wall or fence. 

FRUIT

Harvest time is usually in March and April. Trees may take 3-4 years to produce significant numbers of fruit. Quinces are essentially inedible when raw, so should be stewed.

POLLINATION

Self fertile. 

TREE SIZE

Quince trees grow to 3-4m tall, though can be kept smaller by summer pruning.

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