Chinese-quince Rosaceae Pseudocydonia
sinensis (Thouin) C.K. Schneid. symbol: PSSI4
Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical to ovate, 2 to 4 inches long, finely serrated, shiny green above, paler but shiny beneath.
Flower: Perfect, 1 to 2 inches across, 5 pink petals, appearing in spring from last year's twigs.
Fruit: Large, yellow-green, oval pome, 4 to 7 inches long, ripen in fall, aromatic.
Twig: Slender, light brown to reddish brown, buds small, narrow leaf scar.
Bark: Very attractive, peeling off in patches similar to a sycamore, revealing shades of gray, green, orange and yellow.
Form: A small tree reaching up to 15 feet in height and often with multiple trunks.
Looks like: common floweringquince
Additional Range Information: Pseudocydonia sinensis is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)