19 November 2010

Chinese Quince

Pseudocydonia sinensis
soo-doh-sigh-DOH-nee-uh  sy-NEN-sis
False Quince


Native to China

cold hardy to zone 5

Fall Foliage

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


multi-colored peeling bark

edible fruit

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.

flowers from April to May
5 light pink petals 1 to 2 inches across


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

Chinese Quince, GSBF-CN 205, September 12, 2008
A Chinese Quince (''Cydonia 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)
Photo by Sage Ross (Own work)

Simply QuinceBONSAI Today 1 [ May-June 1989 ] Cover features Quince Pseudocydonia Sinensis (satsuki azalea, masahiko kimura styles a yew, winter jasmine, outstanding american bonsai, itoo motohisa styles a white pine, the technique of wiring, gallery of bonsai masterpieces)  Quince culture. An illustrated hand-book for the propagation and cultivation of the quince with descriptions of its varieties, insect enemies, diseases, and their remedies

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