Quince Cydonia oblonga

The Quince is a small fruit tree native to a region of south-west Asia that includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, southwestern Russia, and Turkmenistan. It had already been introduced to Britain by 1200. Its fruit is similar to that of an Apple or Pear, but it can’t be eaten raw. It should not be confused with the Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa), a small thorny shrub with red flowers, found in many gardens.

Quince tree

Tree in mid April, just coming into flower.

Quince leaf

Leaves can be up to 11cm long.

Quince flower

Flowers emerge with the leaves in mid April. They are white with a pink tinge.

Quince flower

Close-up of a flower, showing the yellow anthers ready to release pollen in mid April.

Quince flower

Flower at the end of April

Quince fruit

The fruit is yellow and pear-shaped

Quince fruit

Fruit in September

Quince tree bark

The bark is smooth and grey with rufous patches