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Anyone know the name of this fruiting plant...?


I moved into a house last year and we have this established small tree/shrub in the back garden.  It has red flowers in the spring and is evergreen.  It also has large green fruit that smells sweet when cut into (see photos).

Does anyone know what it is?



Thanks in advance.






  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,030

    That is the fruit of the Quince, In this case Chaenomeles japonica, rather than the true Quincwe, Cydonia oblonga. Not that it matters the fruit is just as edible.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,030

    And hurrah I beat Nutcutlet to it for once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!imageimageimage

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Berghill, how can you tell the difference between the quince varieties? 

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,030

    The true Quince is more often a tree than a bush and in any case the flowers are white and never red. There are other more Botanical differnces too.

    Or do you mean between the different varieties of Chaenomeles?

  • That was quick.  I'm obviously in the right place.  Someone else suggested quince but when I googled it I was presented with the yellow fruit so thought it must be something else.  Looking now at Chaenomeles japonica online it does indeed appear to be a match.  

    I think there is still enough fruit on it to do something with it so I'll have to start thinking about that now.

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Erm. . . . I meant how does one tell if one has the true Qunice or one of the others image

    Thanks image I'm going to have to wait till spring to check out the colour of my flowers to work out what I've got. Although mine is a tree at the moment.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974

    Very different as Berghill says. different style of growth, leaves, flowers.

    If you bought a quince from a fruit nursery it will be cydonia. 

    Chaenomeles are usually sold in flower at garden centres.

    I won't sulk cos you got there first Berghill image

    smokeybiker, is it a 2-stroke?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Sorry to dissapoint Nutcutlet - it's got peddles and constantly reminds me to quit one of my vices. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974


    In the sticks near Peterborough
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