The Quince shrubs that Nature Hills offers are of the ornamental variety. The Quince is also known as a tree, native to Europe, which produces edible fruit. The ornamental quince shrubs, native to China, Japan, and Korea, do produce some fruit but the production is unreliable, small, and is used in jams and jellies. The apple shaped fruit is very sour and is sometimes used to give flavor to stewed or baked apples. The ornamental quince flowers early in the spring and somewhat like the redbud, flowers before the leaves appear. The ornamental flowering quinces (genus Chaenomeles) are cultivated for their profuse and thorny branches and their attractive flowers. They look very attractive in landscapes because of their early bloom period and unique branching patterns.
Quince is a very adaptable shrub. It will do well in a wide range of soils including dry areas. Flowering quince will produce more flowers if it is full sun, but it will grow nicely in partial shade also. Quince shrubs are very disease tolerant and are long lived. Some quince shrubs that were planted in pioneer times are still alive and producing flowers each spring. They are pollution tolerant and do well in city gardens. Nature Hills offers several quince varieties and they are displayed below.
Nature Hills sells a variety of plants and products, with many available in different types and sizes:
Select (bare root) Trees - Hand-selected quality bare root trees. The height of the tree you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
Select (bare root) Plants - Hand selected-quality bare root plants.The height of the plant you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Plants are 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Select (bare root) Small Fruits - Hand-selected quality small fruit plants. The height and # of plants in the pack you will receive is displayed above and below the image. (Ex: 3-pack of 1 foot plants).
Note on No. 1 Select sizes: You may see No. 1 used as the size of Select Tree/Plant. A "Number 1" grade plant is the highest-grade bare root plant available.
Potted Plants & Trees - Quality plants and trees with developed root systems will have this icon. Typical sizes of our potted plants and trees are as follows:
• #1 Container - Ranges from 2.26-3.73 quarts or 2.49-4.11 liters
• #2 Container - Equal to 1.19-1.76 gallons or 5.246-7.770 liters
• #3 Container - Equal to 2.32-2.76 gallons or 10.285-12.164 liters
• #5 Container - Equal to 2.92-4.62 gallons or 12.86-20.36 liters
• 5.5" pot is 5 1/2" x 5" x 5" which is equal to 1.89 of a quart or 1.78 liters
• 4.5" pot is 4.5" round x 4" deep and equal to 1.31 pints or 619.8 milliliters
• 4" and 3.5" pots may measure 4"x 4"x3 1/2" which is equal to .87 of a quart or .82 of a liter in volume or 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" which is equal to .67 of a quart or .63 of a liter in volume.
Plant and Flower Bulbs - Quality bulbs, roots and tubers. The number of bulbs included in the pack is displayed below the bulbs images.
Seed Packets - Our seed packets will contain this icon.
Other product types will simply list what type of product it is (bags of seed, trays of plugs and garden center items etc.).