Russian Quince Garden Guide

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Russian Quince Care At A Glance

  • Small trees or large shrubs grow 10-15 feet high & wide, often multi-trunked.
  • Trees are self-fruiting but produce more & better-quality fruits with cross-pollination.
  • Firm fruits similar to pears in shape and size but rarely eaten fresh, mostly used for preserves.
  • First fruits typically 2-3 years from planting.
  • Require well-drained, organically rich soil in full sun location.

Planting Instructions

Follow the same planting instructions, as you would for other bareroot trees.

  • Amend existing soil appropriately with organic material to help improve drainage.
  • NOTE: Proper drainage is critical for fruit-bearing plants to do well long-term. Do not use potting soil.

  • Hole size for potted plants should be 1-2 feet wide and just as deep as the existing rootball.
  • Plant with soil level in the pot even with the natural soil grade, making sure not to cover the crown.
  • Tip pruning can benefit the establishment of all woody plants.
  • Properly water new plants using the 1 inch per week rule for the entire first growing season.
    • 1 inch of water equates to about 2.5-3 gallons every other day.
    • Remove competitive grass & weeds and apply 2-3 inches of mulch or compost around the plant.
  • Cage or protect as needed to prevent predation from deer or rodents.



  • A Russian variety whose name 'Aromatnaya' translates basically to "fragrant" & "aromatic".
  • Prized quince fruits for eating fresh has oval to round shape with a raised but squatty neck.
  • Skin is firm, smooth, firm but thin and easily bruised.
  • Fruits ripen from light green to golden yellow color with a musky but sweet floral aroma.
  • The flesh of 'Aromatnaya' is white, firm, and juicy with a sweet-tart flavor-blend of citrus & melon.
  • Used for marmalades, jams, jellies, unique sauces or syrups, baking, pairing with fine cheeses, or in salads.


  • Quince with place name reference for Kurgan oblast region of western Siberian plain adjacent to Kazakhstan.
  • Mild, sweet taste decent for fresh eating, preserves, and baking.
  • Light yellow to golden skin is smooth and thin.
  • Trees mature at 10 to 12 feet high and wide.


Prune as needed starting the second year after planting, while trees are dormant in late winter to early spring. Follow basic fruit tree pruning techniques.


Light fertilizing can be done with balanced 10-10-10 all-purpose food starting the second season in the ground. Apply once annually in early spring.