Quinces

(and a Medlar)

We have a range of Quince trees and a Medlar for sale and grown on our fruit tree nursery. Worth a place in any garden or orchard VranjaQuince trees have attractive large white flushed pink flowers in the spring and their fruit ripens by late October. All are grown on moderate vigour Quince A rootstock There is more information on the Quince trees at the bottom of this page.

The quince trees for sale are available as barerooted one year 'maiden' trees being lifted and dispatched when dormant from late November onwards. They are mostly 1.8m / 6' tall maybe a little taller. Reduce the trees height a little after planting to encourage a framework of branching.

Discount information - the following discounts apply on total order value, excluding carriage - 5% on 5+ trees, 10% on 10+ trees. Carriage based on quantity - see the Delivery page for more details.

Quince trees are dispatched between late November and late March when dormant.

Having ordered we will acknowledge your order before being in contact as soon as we can from late November to arrange delivery or collection. Payment will not be taken until October.

  • Vranja

    Vranja

    £18.50

    Well known Quince variety with large pear shaped fruits that ripen warm yellow. Introduced into the UK in the 1920's and has deservedly become the most grown quince with its reliable cropping.  Pick late October.  Self fertile.

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  • Krymsk

    Krymsk

    £18.50

    Quinces are of a rounded shape and ripen to a golden colour. Said to ripen enough to eat fresh. A relatively new variety from a Russian research station also known as 'Aromatnaya'. Pick during October. Self fertile.

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  • Lescovaka

    Lescovaka

    £18.50

    Produces large apple shaped quinces. An inroduction from south east Europe being also known as 'Serbian Gold'. The photo was taken in mid September so will turn more gold with time. A hardy variety. Self fertile.

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  • Meech's Prolific

    Meech's Prolific

    £18.50

    Large pear shaped fruits that ripen golden yellow. Surface of fruit a little bumpy or knobbly. Will become more golden coloured than in photo which was taken mid September. A reliable cropper. Pick late October. Self fertile.

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  • ChampionNEW!

    Champion

    £18.50

    Tear dropped shaped large quinces that ripen a little earlier than others. Introduced from the US where it has been grown since the 1800s.

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  • Medlar NottinghamNEW!

    Medlar Nottingham

    £18.50

    A more unusual fruit tree whose brown ball shaped fruits need to be left to rot slightly in the autumn before being used to make jelly, jam, chutney or even cheese. Large strap like leaves with attractive white flowers late May. Grown on Quince A rootstock.

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A Quince tree is worth a place in any garden or orchard making a spreading and drooping tree. Quince trees have attractive large white flushed pink flowers in the spring and their fruit ripens by late October.

Quince trees have been cultivated for centuries maybe longer than apple cultivation. They probably originated in the Caucasus mountains between the Black and Caspian Seas. Their latin name 'Cydonia oblonga' is partly derived from the city of Cydon (now Khania) in Crete which suggests that they arrived in Europe through Greece, then Italy before spreading to the rest of Europe. Quinces were first mentioned in Britain when Edward 1 planted four trees at the Tower of London in 1275. Over the following years they became popular before sliding into decline in the 19th century as more appetising fruit varieties - bush and tree, became available.

The varieties grown today are more modern. Meech's Prolific originating in the US, but many arose in eastern Europe and near Asia and introduced into the UK through the 1900s.

Quince trees produce pear shaped fruits suitable for marmalades, jellies and as an accompaniment to cooked apple. Ripe Quinces have a strong sweet smell and in the past were used as air fresheners. However take heed! When picked store Quinces away from other fruit because their smell can be transferred.

In the UK the fruits do not ripen enough to be eaten raw and need cooking to be edible. In hotter climates they can become sweet enough raw if softened by early frosts which increases the quinces sugar levels.

Relatively trouble free quinces are quite tolerant of most soils preferring a moist well drained loam. Ideally plant in a sheltered warm situation which helps prevent frost damage to the attrective white pink flushed flowers and helps with fruit ripening. They are very frost hardy.

The main problem with quinces appears to be leaf blight which causes early defoliation. This can be reduced by regular copper sprays ie Bordeaux mixture through the summer. Good siting will help ensuring healthy trees. Another good approach is to plant more blight resistant varieties such as Lescovaka and Krymsk.