Geographic origin: Crete.
Adult size: Height up to 8 metres, width up to 6 metres.
Type of soil: All, except very chalky.
Climate: Hardy to -25°C. A frost whilst the tree is flowering or afterwards can harm the year's fruit production.
Position: Full sun, best protected from winds and springtime frosts.
Pollinators: Self fertile.
Properties and uses:
The Quince tree is best known for its production of the fruit Quince, which is often used for jam, jelly or jellied fruits. They are picked between October and November. They can be eaten raw if they are nice and ripe. Its whitish pink flowers appear on the branches from April onwards.
The different varieties:
Quince tree 'Champion': The variety 'Champion' produces big sized fruits of good quality. Their yellow flesh is soft, juicy and flavoursome.
Quince tree 'Vranja': The variety 'Géant de Vranja' or simply ‘Vranja’ is a highly productive variety, which has very big, pale green to yellow ,pyriform fruit Their flesh is flavoursome and of good quality.
Quince tree 'Gamboa': This variety comes from Portugal. It produces pear-shaped, very sweet fruits which have a bright yellow skin and a white flesh.