Quince Quince Vranja

Description & features

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This product will be available from November to March as a bare-root plant.

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Product description

VRANJA QUINCE

Characteristics

Large leaves and lovely soft pink flowers make this tree an unusual addition to the garden.  Vranja quince produces beautiful looking crops of large pale green/yellow pear shaped fruit.  Freshly picked quinces are bitter and inedible. Leave the fruit on the tree as long as possible.  Once picked store for 6 to 8 weeks to allow mellowing the fruit will then keep for another 3 months. Due to its strong perfume do not store with other fruit. 

Once cooked it makes excellent jams jellies or marmalades due to its high pectin. It also can enhance the flavour of apple pies with just a few slices. 
Self-fertile so no other trees are required to help pollination.  Good frost resistance which helps to soften the fruit. Pick in October.

Quinces are often confused with the shrub Chaenomeles (Japanese quince), the fruit of which is also edible but is more of a shrub and has dark pink flowers.

Did you know?

Among the ancient Greeks, the quince was a ritual offering at weddings.  Arrived from the Levant (Southwest Asia south of the Taurus Mountains) with Aphrodite and remained sacred to her. Plutarch reported that a Greek bride would nibble a quince to perfume her kiss before entering the bridal chamber, "in order that the first greeting may not be disagreeable or unpleasant"
 

Features

Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Spreading
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
Chalk/Limestone
Light sandy
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Large Leaves
Flower colour
Pink
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
May
Scent
Scented Foliage
Berries / fruit colour
Yellow
Other
Needs shelter
Fruiting period
September
October
Fruit attributes
Cooking
Good Keeper
Fruit pollination type (SF)
Self Fertile
Fruit storage period
January
February
October
November
December
Fruit colour
Yellow
Fruit size
Large
Uses
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Encourages wildlife
Edible Fruit/Nuts

Features

Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Spreading
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
Chalk/Limestone
Light sandy
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Large Leaves
Flower colour
Pink
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
May
Scent
Scented Foliage
Berries / fruit colour
Yellow
Other
Needs shelter
Fruiting period
September
October
Fruit attributes
Cooking
Good Keeper
Fruit pollination type (SF)
Self Fertile
Fruit storage period
January
February
October
November
December
Fruit colour
Yellow
Fruit size
Large
Uses
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Encourages wildlife
Edible Fruit/Nuts

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Karen on 09/08/2017

My quince is fully grown and has beared fruit. But unfortunately it struggles each year with the leaves turning to brown spots and falling in the summer. It has been cutback and deleafed of damaged leaves. Has it got a decease and if so how can I treat it ?

By Simon on 11/08/2017

Hello Karen,

It sounds as if your tree has quince leaf blight, which causes brown spots and premature leaf fall. It’s worst in wet summers, so this year has probably been a bad year. Fungicides are available that will treat it (try your garden centre), but they’re not safe to use if you want to eat the fruit, unfortunately. Apart from that, clear up fallen leaves and cut off any dead branches in winter (it sounds like you are doing this already). Hopefully the symptoms will improve if we get a nice warm, slightly drier summer next year!

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