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Pseudocydonia sinensis

Pseudocydonia sinensis
Chinese quince
Fading flower

Common name Chinese quince
Family rosaceae
Life cycle tree
Flowers pink petal with white base
Size 15-25 ft
Light partial shade
Cultural notes moist soil

Hardy, long-lived deciduous tree with upright branching habitat, showy exfoliating bark of grey, green and brown, fragrant flowers, and inedible yellow fruit. The leaves are shiny and finely serrated. It is commonly used for bonsai. We grew several from seed back in 2002, and kept one in our side garden. It took a long time to grow to a tree-like stature, and withheld its blooms for a long time – but finally, in 2010, it gave us its first blossoms. And they were worth waiting for.

Pseudocydonia sinensis
Handsome new leaves, early May
Chinese quince
The tree at just a few years old

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

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