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Plant Species of the genus Cydonia

Information about this genus
Name: Cydonia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Quinces will grow in a variety of soils and seem to survive neglect more than most fruit trees. They will weather quite hard frosts but, conversely, will also fruit in subtropical conditions. They like a sunny position, but with protection from wind. Surplus shoots should be removed in winter, but meticulous pruning, as carried out with apples and pears, is not necessary. Cydonia can be propagated by cutting, but cultivated forms are normally grafted onto cutting-grown quince rootstocks.
Description: The quince, a member of the pome fruit group of the Rosaceae or rose family and therefore closely related to apples and pears, has been cultivated for thousands of years in its area of origin, northern Iran, Armenia and Turkey. From there it was spread, firstly throughout the Mediterranean area and then northwards through Europe. It was a symbol of love and fertility to the ancient Greeks and Romans and some believe that it was the ?forbidden fruit? in the Garden of Eden. The quince is a deciduous tree, up to 25 ft (8 m) in height with a rounded, umbrella-like crown. The flowers are self-fertile so even a single tree is capable of producing fruit.

Specie Vernacular Zone
oblonga 6-9

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