Quinces are a terrific little home garden tree, which are very hardy – will tolerate a wet soil, and also have some drought tolerance, making them a good tree for difficult areas. With a little bit of looking after (regular watering, pruning, fertilising) they will set a heavy crop of fruit, and when the fruit are ripening they send a very distinctive and tantalising aroma wafting around the garden, not to mention their very pretty ornamental flowers in Spring.
Quinces are primarily used for making jams and jellies, but they are also dried and made into cider, they make a delicious paste (suitable for cheese platters), stewed with custard they’re a terrific desert….need I go on.
Most of our quinces this year, (except Smyrna Large, and Champion Large), are offered on semi dwarfing rootstocks -they are grafted onto Quince A rootstocks, which yield a tree of about 2.5 – 3 metres height. They are very easy to keep pruned to a smaller size if desired, and will make a very good espalier as well. The Smyrna and Champion grow to larger trees – more like 3-4 metres.
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Masters Early Quince
Out of stockMasters Early is one of the first quinces to come ripe, large, round, good flavour, nice jelly,
Van Deman Quince
Out of stockVan Deman quince
Rea’s Mammoth quince
Out of stockRea's Mammoth quince is one of the strains of the Orange quince, characterised by very large quinces and a productive tree, foliage quite dark, and the fruit keeps well after maturity
Out of stockThe Pineapple quince is a very old variety, vigorous growing tree, extra large leaves, fruit harvests late and has very nice flavour with a pineapple like aroma, useful baking, jams, and makes a terrific quince jelly, profuse ornamental bloom
Apple Shaped quinceApple Shaped quince is a local Victorian variety found growing near Creswick, a true apple shaped fruit, similar to the Apple quince, excellent jelly and stewing
Angers French quinceAngers French quince is a French type, with smaller leaves, and a more dwarfed tree overall (grows to about 2 metres), smaller fruits with flesh a little harder than other varieties but cooks down very nicely, seems to keep longer than most of the others, sets a heavier crop with cross pollination from another variety.
Fuller’s quinceFuller's quince is a variety from out of the USA, in the 1860's, large fruits, rich aromatic flavour, early ripening, regular bearer, flowers mid season
De Bourgeaut quinceDe Bourgeaut quince is a relatively vigourous tree, upright, and has very large leaves, (we love the large leaves - they look lush, and more like antiquity than ever) , fruit a greeny yellow colour, flesh juicy and mild, cooks to a lovely deep colour
Out of stockSmyrna Quince is originally from Smyrna in Turkey, a very good bearer, very large yellow aromatic fruit, flesh relatively tender, very showy blooms, ripens late in the season