Cydonia oblonga (European quince)

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Cydonia oblonga (European quince)

Post  Randy_Davis on Tue May 17, 2011 5:42 pm

I've seen chinese quince, Japanese flowering quince but not many examples of European fruiting quince. Is anybody else working with this material. This is a project that I started a few years ago and it just keeps getting better each year.

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Post  roberthu526 on Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:32 pm

I have just bought three online and planted them yesterday. I was hoping to get Chinese quince(Pseudocydonia sinensis). But the seller listed the oblonga as Chinese quince too. But honrestly I am happy with the size they shipped so I am going to keep them and see how it goes. Thay are about one inch in trunk at the base.

Since you have already started working on this specie, maybe you can share some experience on caring? Thank you in advance.

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Post  Randy_Davis on Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:08 pm

roberthu526 wrote: I was hoping to get Chinese quince(Pseudocydonia sinensis). But the seller listed the oblonga as Chinese quince too.

Since you have already started working on this specie, maybe you can share some experience on caring? Thank you in advance.

Robert,

Cydonia oblonga is the quince of commerice from which quince jam is made. It's a difference species, actually different genus than the chinese quince (pseudocydonia sinensis). It's a larger tree with larger fruit (about the size of a softball) but in my experience is turning out to be a nice bonsai subject. You should plant your seedlings in the ground, let them grow freely and trunk chop them back every other year or so until your satisfied with the results. They bud back freely, have a strong root system, will leaf reduce quite nicely and can take any punishment you might give them. When growing them in the ground when you trunk chop them they will sprout suckers from the roots which you should keep pruned off and then select a new leader and keep the other branches also pruned off to develop trunk girth. They flower just like chinese quince with a white to pink flower in the spring on new growth. It should take 5 - 7 years depending on your soil type and your care to get trunks of decent size. Glad to see someone else working with this material. Keep us informed on your progress!

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Post  GerhardGerber on Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:24 pm

Hi Randy

I saw a fruiting quince for sale recently in a nursery, I was stopped dead in my track because they were covered in flowers!

I don't know whether it's exactly the same variety, but this species has some special meaning for me.

When I was young and stealing fruit was considered a tollerated mischief (I'm only 36), these fruit were for some or other reason one of the ulimate fruit to steal Laughing Laughing .....called "kwepers" in my mother tongue
I never stole much fruit, and never any of these, but it makes me a bit nostalgic just thinking about it. Cool

Thanks for sharing your tree, I will definately go check up the exact variety for sale here - I was meaning to ask about it's suitability anyway.

Cheers
Gerhard

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Post  coh on Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:11 pm

It's developing nicely! Tough to tell from the photo - do these develop the neat exfoliating bark like the Chinese quince? That's pretty much my favorite aspect of those trees.

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Post  Randy_Davis on Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:20 pm

coh wrote:It's developing nicely! Tough to tell from the photo - do these develop the neat exfoliating bark like the Chinese quince? That's pretty much my favorite aspect of those trees.

Chris

Chris,

Yes, they do develop that lovely exfoliating bark! I just love the color contrast of the bark as they exfoliate. Browns and ornages! Wow!!!! This tree is very simular to the chinese form except the leaf size and color. I have found that the leaves are a silvery gray when given full sun and will reduce to the size of a US Dime. The leaves in the picture above are large because this particular tree leafed out in the greenhouse early in the season and I just neglected to defoliate it.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:33 pm

Randy, looks nice. Any photos of it in flower?


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Post  Randy_Davis on Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:18 pm

Rob Kempinski wrote:Randy, looks nice. Any photos of it in flower?


Rob,

No, not yet. I've been cutting back all of the new growth lately to encourage pad development. Maybe in the next couple of years I'll let it flower once the foliage has tightend up a bit.

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Post  coh on Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:25 pm

Good to know! I picked up a nice-sized Chinese quince earlier this season...it was just dug this spring so no training yet, just getting it established in the pot. It was very interesting watching the bark change during the season. Definitely browns and oranges, but I also remember a lot of green at the same time during the exfoliation process...great color combination! Hope I can do something good with it. Once the leaves have fallen I'll be able to get a good look at the trunk structure and hopefully figure something out.

How tall is the pictured tree?

Chris

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Chris,

Yes, they do develop that lovely exfoliating bark! I just love the color contrast of the bark as they exfoliate. Browns and ornages! Wow!!!! This tree is very simular to the chinese form except the leaf size and color. I have found that the leaves are a silvery gray when given full sun and will reduce to the size of a US Dime. The leaves in the picture above are large because this particular tree leafed out in the greenhouse early in the season and I just neglected to defoliate it.

Randy

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Post  Randy_Davis on Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:31 pm

coh wrote:How tall is the pictured tree?

Chris


Chris,

It's something like 14-16 inches or so.

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