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PlantFiles: Chinese Quince, Karin, Mugua, Mogwa
Pseudocydonia sinensis

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pseudocydonia (soo-doh-sigh-DOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Chaenomeles sinensis
Synonym:Cydonia sinensis

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CheshireGirl10x6 On Nov 16, 2011, CheshireGirl10x6 from DISPUTANTA, VA wrote:

A full grown Chinese Quince tree has been at my mom's house here in Virginia since before we moved in, over ten years ago.

It produces boatloads of fruit, and has beautiful bark and foliage. The tree gets no attention or watering whatsoever and does great every year.

Last year I made some really great jelly. This season I've collected over 25 fruit (weighing almost a pound each) and have already made a really great cobbler. Sometime this week I'll be making some more jelly, and I also plan on more cobbler and trying to make bread as well.

The fruit is extremely sour no matter how you cook it, and very hard to work with, but I love them. After a few good frosts they soften a tiny bit and loose some of their astringent quality making them somewhat palatable raw.

Positive a5thbrat On Jul 25, 2004, a5thbrat from Sebastopol, CA wrote:

I disagree that these trees need consistent watering -- there is a row at Luther Burbank's Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastopol CA that survived (at minimum) from the time of Burbank's death in 1926 until the present day (2004) that have had NO IRRIGATION in all that time!

Note re bark: Bark is lovely, mottled, in shades of greyish brown reminscent of shapes found in giraffes' markings.

Note re fruit: The jelly prepared from these fruits is vastly superior in taste to the "European" or "Van Daamen" type quince and of a gorgeous ruby red color!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Richmond, California
Sebastopol, California
Orlando, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Saint Louis, Missouri
Reno, Nevada
North, South Carolina
Yemassee, South Carolina
Disputanta, Virginia
Orlean, Virginia
Blaine, Washington

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