Giant fruit on a small tree, this quince is perfect for the adventurous backyard orchardist. The skin is lemon-yellow and has the sprightly scent of citrus, apple and fresh laundry when ripe. Firm and crisp flesh with a pineapple/pear/apple flavor. Rich’s is a highly adaptable quince variety suited to most climates and has a natural dwarf growth habit.
Quince trees require 6-8 hours of full sun are each tree can bear 100 or more pounds of fruit which ripen September through October. Use in chutneys, jams or tarts or process into Membrillo to serve with Manchego cheese. We love to roast them and serve them with ice cream in the winter.
Considerations for Rich's Dwarf Quince
USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Uses: Cider, Desserts / Pies, Cooking / Sauces
Harvest Period: Very Late
Pollination Requirement: Self-Fertile
Origin Date: California 1890's
Storage: 3 Months or More
Disease Resistance: Good
Rootstock: Quince (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear: 1-3 years
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Mature Size: 10-12 ft.
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Size of tree
Our trees range in height from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch; *As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock. .
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
Shipping Note: Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.