Cydonia oblonga 'KONSTANTINOPELER'

Cydonia oblonga
Cydonia oblonga 'KONSTANTINOPELER'
quince
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2-4m
USUAL WIDTH 1-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +různobarevné:white a pink
BLOOMING TIME April - April
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Fruit trees

Quince is an old-fashioned fruit species that is gaining more attention again. There are new varieties which are very tasty as well as good looking, such as Konstantinopeler Apfelquitte. It is cultivated for the strongly aromatic fruit that is picked in late autumn, usually in October. It looks like an apple with a bright yellow skin.

The fruit is used to enhance aroma of desserts, preserves and other meals with different types of scent-lacking fruit. It has to be processed or cooked to be eaten – fresh is very hard and not edible. It has high content of potassium and vitamin C, sugars are on the same level as in apples, for instance.

Quince is soil adaptable, however, if you are looking for heavy crop of quality fruit make sure the soil is well-drained, medium moist, and rich in organic matter. Grow it as a compact shrub or small tree in full sun or some shade, it will not tolerate deep shade. Pruning time and style are identical to what you do with apples – cut off too long branches in late winter. Hardy to about -30°C.

Last update 20-01-2011
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GLOSSARY
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  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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