Hardiness: 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: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: Pink Red White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From semi-hardwood cuttings By simple layering
Seed Collecting: Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
We inherited a well established quince when we bought our Cottage-actually, several well established quince. One appeared to have been planted deliberately, the others volunteered themselves in other places in the garden and had grown rather large in the absence of anyone to stop them (the Cottage was vacent and severely neglected when we bought it). It is quite lovely in bloom, but I spent evey week last year killing off volunteers sprouting amoungst my perennials and in places I didn't want them (too close to the house, where previous volunteers had grown and scratched the siding quite deeply and also put holes in screens). I am considering digging a "trench" around the one parent plant and installing a few feet of metal trim we had left over to try to keep it from continuing to spread-or growing a few honeysuckle up into it to choke it and hopefully kill it so the unwanted root based seedlings stop.
Carefully plan where you plant this shrub-be sure it can be mowed around for several feet in every direction if you don't want more of them!!
On Mar 21, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:
Pearl left us some of this in 1952. Frost in our part of Zone 5 can blast the flowers, but the years in which they do make it are ample reward. It took a while to figure out that serious pruning, not unlike what works for Lilacs, can make a better show and help the shrub to produce nice tall branches for cutting. Unfortunately, the flower color is strongly connected to how much sun the plant gets, so flowers on cut branches will bloom out lighter and lighter colors as the display sits inside.
Once established the shrub will both spread out and spread by shoots coming up from the roots. These sprouting roots are remarkably persistent. If you want to entirely remove an older clump, it is a lot of work to get the plant entirely out of the site.
We've had the flowering quince for 10-12 years. It was subject to slow growth in the first several years due to winter pruning by rabbits. My wife was disappointed that I failed to surround the plant with a barrier so each year we expected flowers but nothing happened. Within the last couple years the plant has taken off and is now prolific with spring blossoms and to our surprise this year it has 3 fruit that are about 3-4 inches in diameter. We will harvest the fruit and get our first taste of quince. We've enjoyed watching the changes over the years and expect to do so for years to come
I have a large specimen in my backyard (12'H x 15'W), that begins to bloom in late Feb. and still has several blooms on it today. I usually harvest enough fruit each year to make a few cans of preserves. It and the two smaller ones I added a couple of years ago are about the only things that the deer leave alone.
On Mar 26, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
A few years ago, we planted seven Quince along the top
of what I often call a ditch. For some odd reason, the county
decided to raise their mowers all the way up on our bank,
shredding one of our Quince. I was mortified!
Apparently he either realized what he had done or saw
me coming with a shotgun (just kidding) but he lowered
the mower back down to the ground and proceeded. The
spot he chose was not even county property to mow!
The odd thing is, he started in the middle of the bank,
not the end. To help protect them, I now keep large
chunky rocks in between the plants.
Other than being completely scalped, it survived. It
is not as tall as the others, but I'm sure it will catch up.
As of today they are all still in bloom, this 26th day of
March, 2007, standing at just about knee high. I'm
taking cuttings as a precautionary measure for this
year's potential bumbling mow job.
Mowing accidents aside, the flowering quince is more
than welcome in my garden. The beautiful blooms in
early spring make me want to get out there and dance!
On Feb 29, 2004, rudie from Panama City, FL wrote:
I live in St. Petersburg, Florida and saw a sprawling tree that had to be about 20' tall by 20'wide that had a bloom very similar to a red quince. I'm curious if these bushes grow naturally into standards like crape myrtles or was it something else?
On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Jet Trail' is a compact flowering quince cultivar which typically grows only to 2-4' tall. It is a dense, twiggy, spiny, deciduous shrub noted for its pure white, early spring flowers and its compact, broad-spreading habit. Five-petaled white flowers (1.5" diameter) appear in small clusters mostly before the foliage emerges in an extremely showy early spring bloom. Flowers are followed by hard, yellowish-green fruits (quinces) which ripen in autumn. Although edible, quinces are too bitter to be eaten directly from the plant, but are sometimes used in preserves and jellies.
On Aug 11, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Deciduous shrub,6-10 ft(2-3 m)high,similar or greater spread,rounded outline,sometimes erect,tangled and dense twiggy mass,spiny branches.Leaves alternate,simple,ovate to oblong,1 to 3 inches long,sharply serrate,lustrous dark green above,stipules large on current seasons growth.Flowers red,pink to white look like large apple blossoms,start to appear before leaves in spring (sporadically in fall), solitary or 2-4 per cluster,about 1 3/4 inches across,showy.Fruit yellowish green with reddish blush, 5-6 cm long, fragrant,speckled with small dots, ripen in early fall.
Sun (best for full flowering) to partial shade. Adaptable to many soil conditions,does well in dry situations. Prune to remove older branches,or cut to 15 cm above ground to renew
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Birmingham, Alabama Chino Valley, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Deer, Arkansas Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas London, Arkansas Morrilton, Arkansas Amesti, California Anderson, California Cool, California Knights Landing, California Mission Canyon, California Sacramento, California San Anselmo, California Denver, Colorado Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut Asbury Lake, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Atlanta, Georgia Cordele, Georgia Evans, Georgia Hoschton, Georgia Royston, Georgia Indianapolis, Indiana Logansport, Indiana Ottawa, Kansas Ewing, Kentucky Mc Dowell, Kentucky Lisbon, Maine Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Forest Heights, Maryland East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Fiskdale, Massachusetts Lynn, Massachusetts Scituate, Massachusetts Shelburne, Massachusetts Wellfleet, Massachusetts Byhalia, Mississippi Carriere, Mississippi Maben, Mississippi Verona, Mississippi Waynesboro, Mississippi Ava, Missouri Purdy, Missouri Tamworth, New Hampshire Albuquerque, New Mexico Elba, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Mountain View, North Carolina Columbus, Ohio Hilliard, Ohio Hulbert, Oklahoma Spavinaw, Oklahoma Eagle Point, Oregon Gold Hill, Oregon Hillsboro, Oregon Klamath Falls, Oregon Salem, Oregon Sherwood, Oregon Albion, Pennsylvania Glenshaw, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Centerville, South Carolina Conway, South Carolina Mt Pleasant, South Carolina Pickens, South Carolina Crossville, Tennessee Pittman Center, Tennessee Baird, Texas Belton, Texas Clarendon, Texas Clarksville, Texas Kaufman, Texas Mckinney, Texas Bensley, Virginia Fredericksburg, Virginia Manassas, Virginia Mathews, Virginia Maurertown, Virginia Temperanceville, Virginia Wytheville, Virginia Everett, Washington Gold Bar, Washington Millwood, Washington Ridgefield, Washington Seattle, Washington Elkins, West Virginia West Allis, Wisconsin