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Cydonia Oblonga

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flowering quince

Flowering Common Quince

There is nothing common about Cydonia oblonga in full bloom. I photographed these at the Arnold Arboretum and their delicate, pastel beauty truly is emblematic of May, a magical month in the natural world. Click on the photo for a better view.

With its spring bloom, lovely fruit and leaves that turn a beautiful shade of yellow in the fall, quince is an excellent tree for a small garden. It’s also self-pollinating, long-lived and a welcome food source for wildlife. You can find a nice selection of mail order quince trees at Raintree Nursery.

Quince are believed to be a symbol of love and happiness and have an interesting history. Read Cydonia oblonga: The Unappreciated Quince by Joseph Postman.

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