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Cydonia oblonga

 
Cydonia oblonga

Common name quince
Family rosaceae
Life cycle shrub
Flowers pale pink (May)

A colleague of mine, who has since retired, once gave me some quince fruit from his garden. I saved and started the seeds, and soon had several nice seedlings. After growing on in the nursery area for a year, I planted them in a back-yard strip along the southeast side of the garden, backed by the neighbors' arborvitae hedge. And there they've been ever since, growing into sizeable shrubs, but never showing anything but leaves (I blamed the relatively shady exposure, with sunlight stolen by both the hedge and a golden chain tree overhead). But ten years along, one of the ten-year-old plants finally decided to flower. I nearly missed it, but it flowered again the following year, which I captured in the photo shown here. Who knows, we may even see some fruit one of these days...

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from fruit, soaked, slimy film washed off. Sowed to pot, set outdoors late November '03. 41%G by mid-April '04


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