Fact Sheet: Quince

Image credit: Rebecca Siegel www.flickr.com/photos/grongar
Image credit: Rebecca Siegel www.flickr.com/photos/grongar

Common Name: Quince

Botanical name: Cydonia oblonga (C. vulgaris)


A hardy deciduous shrubby small tree (4-7m) with ornamental quality in the Rosaceae Family.


Originating in Western Asia before spreading into the Mediterranean and the Middle East. In ancient times, it was referred to as ‘The Golden Apple’ and is historically thought of as the ‘forbidden fruit’, from Adam and Eve fame. An ancient fruit which has declined in popularity over the centuries.


Still grown and used by the Italian and Greek communities in southern Australia.


  • Semi-neglect
  • Reasonably sunny position
  • Hardy to frost

Doesn’t like

  • Wind
  • Bruising fruit

Flowers in

Late spring

Fruits in

Late summer – autumn



Bare rooted in winter.




Winter – summer. Can be trained to espalier, low branching open vase, pyramid or spindle. If left unpruned becomes a tangled thicket with little fruit or foliage.

Disease and pest management

Fungal quince fleck, Bordeaux spray at bud burst. Codling moth, light brown apple moth and oriental fruit moth.


During flowering and fruit set and as fruit ripen. Not as thirsty as apples.


Autumn and spring.


April – June with bright yellow skin and powerful characteristic aroma.

Quince table