are these quince?
I have this tree that produces fruit. Usually hardly any, but sometimes, as this spring, quite a few. The tree is in a largely wild and uncultivated area, next to a creek. It actually is somewhat overgrown with Bougainvilla. Last year I had one or two fruit, and I posted a picture on this forum. The response was that they looked kinda like quince. A taste test was inconclusive. They were hard and pretty sour (but they were green when I tasted them). Find attached some much better pictures, showing abundant fruit and healthy leaves.
The fruit are small and pear-like. The leaves are oval and shiny green. The blossoms are small, I believe, and white/pink. So this is not Texas Scarlet Quince, which is a popular plant around here. It was a small tree when we moved in 20 years ago, and it hasn't changed much in size. So I suspect it was planted LONG ago. The winter here was unusually cold, with temps down to 20F or so. I understand that cold temps encourage fruiting in quince.
If these are quince, how do I know when they're ripe? Looks like I have a bunch this year, and it would be nice to know what I can do with them. We have squirrels that eat from the veggie garden, so I suppose I should put some netting around some of these fruit. That may be why I never recall seeing any ripe-looking fruit from this tree.