Almost all quinces produce fruit of some sort. Many of them are hard and bland. We were fortunate to grow this strain which came originally from an Iowa nurseryman whose main interest was ornamental plants, The quince seedlings we grew from this strain had both red and salmon color flowers. The yellow and green fruits ranged from round to pear shaped and are incredibly tart.The fruits of Lemony taste a lot like a lemon. In fact it is difficult to tell them apart. Although very tart, the fruit is completely delicious and usable stewed and mixed with sugar. It ripens completely here in southern Michigan. The plants themselves are loaded with pink,orange or red blossoms in early May. Most seedlings produce the red flower. After 25 years they stand only 2-3 ft. tall with equal width.Highly productive and no fireblight.
|Genus & Species||Chaenomeles lagenaria|
|Seed Source||Ecos, Michigan|
|Pollination Requirements||As far as we know, self fertile.|
|Soil||Almost anything. Rock, loam and sand.|
|Climate||Zone 3ish-9. Likes hot and dry.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Anyone can grow and fruit this. Requires zero point zero pesticides to fruit. The question is what to do with it. Makes a great syrup but needs sweetener.|