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quince,

shrub or small tree of the Asian genera Chaenomeles and Cydonia of the family Rosaceae (roserose,
common name for some members of the Rosaceae, a large family of herbs, shrubs, and trees distributed over most of the earth, and for plants of the genus Rosa, the true roses.
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 family). The common quince (Cydonia oblonga) is a spineless tree with edible fruits cultivated from ancient times in Asia and in the Mediterranean area, where it was early naturalized. Its pome fruit is similar to that of the related apple and pear but is very astringent, and hence it is used chiefly cooked in preserves; marmalademarmalade
[Port.,=quince preparation], thick preserve of fruit pulp, originally made from quinces (marmelos) and known in England from the 15th cent. Marmalade has a jellylike consistency and a slightly bitter flavor, caused by including the rind of some tart fruit such
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 is said to have first been made from quince. As a commercial fruit tree, the quince is cultivated more widely in the temperate zone of Europe than in the United States, where it is grown chiefly in California and New York. It is often used as a rootstock for dwarf fruit trees, especially the pear. The flowering quinces (genus Chaenomeles) are cultivated as ornamental shrubs for their profuse, usually thorny branches and attractive scarlet, pink, or white flowers. The fruit is too small and hard to be of commercial value but is sometimes used locally. Best known of this genus is C. lagenaria, the Japanese quince, or japonica. Some other Asian shrubs (e.g., a camellia) are also called japonica. Quince is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.

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Cydonia oblonga. A deciduous tree of the order Rosales characterized by crooked branching, leaves that are densely hairy on the underside and solitary white or pale-pink flowers; fruit is an edible pear- or apple-shaped tomentose pome.

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quince

1. a small widely cultivated Asian rosaceous tree, Cydonia oblonga, with pinkish-white flowers and edible pear-shaped fruits
2. the acid-tasting fruit of this tree, much used in preserves
3. Japanese or flowering quince another name for japonica
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Postman has a collection of 100 different types of quince trees, with samples from all over the world.
Despite its versatility, the quince tree's susceptibility to insect and disease threats has limited its cultivation in many areas, particularly those with cooler climates.
This means that pear, peach, tart cherry and quince trees are self-fertile as well as most blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, both black and purple.
The poem begins with a description of a garden of girls: "In spring bloom Cydonian quince trees, watered from flowing rivers, where is an untouched garden of girls, and vine flowers growing under the shady vine shoots.
I have more than 20 heirloom apple, pear and quince trees on dwarf rootstock in my garden, and I've been fighting a long, drawn-out and--until recently--losing war against codling moths, the insects that cause worms in fruit with cores.
EXPERT TIP: Quince trees thrive in sun, but can be grown in shade providing the soil is moist but well-draining.
It is possible to meet to quince trees in all temperate regions of Turkey.
Bud dormancy has been studied in several fruit tree species from temperate climates to understand its start, maintenance and end, in special the pome fruits, with apple trees (CARVALHO et al., 2006), pear trees (CARVALHO et al., 2012; MARAFON et al., 2011b) and quince trees (BETTIOL NETO et al., 2011).
Quince trees are normally propagated by cuttings taken during the pruning season at the end of the hibernation.
National Quince Day October Join a tour of the national collection of quince trees, from 2pm
Rectory Cottage, in the pretty village of Thornage, is tucked away in mature, terraced gardens which include a gravelled parking area, lawns, flower garden, apple and quince trees and summer house.