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Cydonia oblonga (Quince)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
4m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cydonia oblonga

Other names

Quince

Genus

Cydonia Cydonia

Species

C. oblonga - C. oblonga is a deciduous thornless shrub or small tree bearing large soft, oval leaves with a silvery down, pale spring flowers and highly fragrant edible fruit.


Cydonia oblonga is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are scented in spring

Flower

Pale-pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Codling moth , Fruit tree red spider mite Codling moth , Fruit tree red spider mite

Diseases

No particular resistance or susceptibility to diseases.

Brown rot on fruits , Fireblight Brown rot on fruits , Fireblight

General care

Pruning

Suitable for all training forms. Thin fruit as required.

Propagation

Trees are self-fertile.

Propagation methods

Budding, Grafting, Hardwood cuttings, Layering


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Where to grow

Cydonia oblonga (Quince) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Architectural, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, moist, free-draining soil in full sun, although it will tolerate partial shade. Prefers a sheltered spot. Very alkaline soils can cause chlorosis. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Cydonia oblonga

Other names

Quince

Genus

Cydonia Cydonia

Species

C. oblonga - C. oblonga is a deciduous thornless shrub or small tree bearing large soft, oval leaves with a silvery down, pale spring flowers and highly fragrant edible fruit.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are scented in spring


Colour

Flower

Pale-pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Codling moth , Fruit tree red spider mite

Diseases

No particular resistance or susceptibility to diseases.

Specific diseases

Brown rot on fruits , Fireblight

General care

Pruning

Suitable for all training forms. Thin fruit as required.

Propagation

Trees are self-fertile.

Propagation methods

Budding, Grafting, Hardwood cuttings, Layering


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cydonia oblonga (Quince) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Architectural, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, moist, free-draining soil in full sun, although it will tolerate partial shade. Prefers a sheltered spot. Very alkaline soils can cause chlorosis. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Cydonia oblonga (Quince)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Cydonia oblonga (Quince)

Common pest name

Round headed apple tree borer

Scientific pest name

Saperda candida

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

American wood boring beetle; single European incursion into a German Island in the Baltic; limited likelihood of introduction into the UK due to small volume of trade and import inspections. Possible EU listing will limit risk further.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Cydonia oblonga (Quince)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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