07 December 2008

Fall Color: Chinese Quince

Pseudocydonia sinensis
False Quince

A decidious tree with beautiful exfoliating bark. The old bark peels off in patches similar to a sycamore, revealing shades of gray, green, orange and yellow.

The edible fruit makes delicious jam and jelly. Chinese Quince cooked with apples is delightful. The yellow medium-size fruit is hard and is suitable for pickling and can be made into a tea. It ripens in mid to late autumn The fruits emit a sweet aroma and are placed in a bowl to impart a delightful spicy scent to a room.

Chinese Quince flowers from April to May with 5 light pink petals 1 to 2 inches across, appearing in spring on last years growth.

A Chinese Quince (Pseudocydonia sinensis), bonsai 205 of the Golden State Bonsai Federation Collection North in Oakland, California (now called the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt). It was donated by Dr. Waldman of Kansas City.

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