ID Please - unarmed tree

sam_mdMarch 26, 2012

-little tree very pretty

-and the pink flower is sweet

-but the fruit of the poor tree

-is impossible to eat

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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Flowering Quince.

Dax

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 6:22AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

are there others in the hood that are ARMED???

apparently you dont want to piss off a quince, man. it'll kill ya ... [of course those 2 inch dagger thorns dont help]

ken

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 7:40AM
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esh_ga

Couldn't it be crabapple?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 7:43AM
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sam_md

An unarmed tree such as this bears neither spines nor thorns. It does have however beautiful mottled, flaky bark. This is not Chaenomeles.
apologies to Trini Lopez

Here is a link that might be useful: Impossible to eat

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 10:53AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

sam. I hate you. I'm going to have that song in my brain all day.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 1:26PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

btw.. i was not confirming the quince ID.. it doesnt remind me of mine..

i was just making a joke.. lame as it might be ..

ken

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 4:46PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Seriously though ....

Here is a link that might be useful: Chaenomeles

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 5:35PM
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sam_md

Some more clues:

-This of often a single-stemmed tree.
-Today it is in it's own genus, not Chaenomeles
-The genus is unarmed
-This is not the commercial quince. The large fruit is
wonderfully fragrant, but I've never tried to eat it.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 5:57PM
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denninmi(8a)

Pseudocydonia sinensis?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 8:36PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Does the "wonderfully fragrant fruit" produce the scent before or after it is opened/cut? On the tree? I'm assuming so since you haven't tried to taste it.
hortster

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 8:42PM
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sam_md

Bingo! and we have a winner in denninmi. Pseudocydonia makes a smallish, upright tree with great fall color, caution - it is vulnerable to fireblight.
In October I bring the large fruits inside and put them in a bowl, their fragrance fills the whole room. They last for several weeks.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 10:12PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Great idea on the fruit! I have three of these and can never figure out what to do with the fruit, which is sometimes enormous (if I don't remove some of them they will break the branches). Some people make jelly with it but I don't do preserves. I will do as you suggest next time! Thx.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 8:45AM
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sam_md

This is not the commercial Quince which is grown in orchards. I don't see why one couldn't cut or hack up the fruit with a cleaver, cook it up and make jelly. The raw fruit has a really great fragrance. Otherwise, it is hard on the lawn mower.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 2:02PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Chaenomeles = flowering quince
Cydonia = common quince
Pseudocydona = Chinese quince

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 3:10PM
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lkz5ia

Aegle = Bengal quince

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 5:52PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The Aegle has landed.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 8:42PM
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lucky_p

Have two young Pseudocydonia seedlings (~6 yrs old) growing in my yard - the fall color display is spectacular orange-red.
No flowers or fruit, yet, from these, and they've not yet begun to develop the attractive exfoliating bark - but I've seen photos that rival the appearance of some of the best crepe myrtles and eucalyptus.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 12:00PM
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sam_md

Another pic of the subject of this thread. I took this today at the Nat'l Bonsai Collection @ Nat'l Arboretum. Some fruits are developing at the top. This is a really splendid collection of bonsai.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2014 at 8:33PM
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calliope(6)

I grow the cydonia, have two of them in my orchard. They are also very prone to fireblight, but have kept it under control for about ten years now without chemicals. Typically one does not refer to quince trees as flowering quince. It is reserved for the spiny, shrubby Chaenomeles. I do indeed make jellies and leathers from mine, and quince trees were a very common tree in years past because they, like crabapples, are high in pectin and used for jelly making either alone or in combination with other fruits. To say a fruiting quince is flowering is ......uhm...redundant. Most fruit trees flower, no? My friend, who propagated these trees for me also grows the pseudocydonia, I believe. This year, I am overstocked with fruit and am not making jellies from them, but find willing takers amoung the older farm ladies in this community. One cannot find quince at markets and the one time I found them at farmer's market about ten years ago, cost seven dollars for a small basket of them just large enough for a run of jelly. The flowers of both the quince tree and the asian version are exquisite and enough reason to plant them. Ditto with the fruit being very fragrant.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 6:29PM
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