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27/10/2013 at 21:02


I moved into a house last year and we have this established small tree/shrub in the back garden.  It has red flowers in the spring and is evergreen.  It also has large green fruit that smells sweet when cut into (see photos).

Does anyone know what it is?


Thanks in advance.




27/10/2013 at 21:04

That is the fruit of the Quince, In this case Chaenomeles japonica, rather than the true Quincwe, Cydonia oblonga. Not that it matters the fruit is just as edible.

27/10/2013 at 21:05

And hurrah I beat Nutcutlet to it for once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

27/10/2013 at 21:05

Berghill, how can you tell the difference between the quince varieties? 

27/10/2013 at 21:06


27/10/2013 at 21:13

The true Quince is more often a tree than a bush and in any case the flowers are white and never red. There are other more Botanical differnces too.

Or do you mean between the different varieties of Chaenomeles?

27/10/2013 at 21:19

That was quick.  I'm obviously in the right place.  Someone else suggested quince but when I googled it I was presented with the yellow fruit so thought it must be something else.  Looking now at Chaenomeles japonica online it does indeed appear to be a match.  

I think there is still enough fruit on it to do something with it so I'll have to start thinking about that now.

27/10/2013 at 21:21

Erm. . . . I meant how does one tell if one has the true Qunice or one of the others 

Thanks  I'm going to have to wait till spring to check out the colour of my flowers to work out what I've got. Although mine is a tree at the moment.

27/10/2013 at 21:33

Very different as Berghill says. different style of growth, leaves, flowers.

If you bought a quince from a fruit nursery it will be cydonia. 

Chaenomeles are usually sold in flower at garden centres.

I won't sulk cos you got there first Berghill 

smokeybiker, is it a 2-stroke?

27/10/2013 at 21:41

Sorry to dissapoint Nutcutlet - it's got peddles and constantly reminds me to quit one of my vices. 

27/10/2013 at 21:45

27/10/2013 at 23:33

not long quit that vice myself 

28/10/2013 at 10:41

it is quince from the Japan.the flowers in spring are pink and the fruit when cooked as a jelly give a lovely scent and rose tint to it.

28/10/2013 at 11:26

Quince jelly,lovely with cheese or cold meats............

never made it.....

but have eaten it often,...

28/10/2013 at 12:34

hi smokeybiker - the fruit will turn yellow as it ripens & can be left on the plant for a while. The fruit is also very hard so takes longer to cook than an apple. You can add quince to apples for apple pie/sauce, it gives an extra flavour & dimension.

28/10/2013 at 13:00

Chaenomeles japonica comes in various shades of red, through to white, with both single and double flowers. C. speciosa. moerloosei is a pinkish orange.

The original Marmalade was made from true Quince. The name comes from rthe Portuguese for Quince, Marmelo. The Victorians changed it to Oranges as they are easier to process.

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