University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Quince (Cydonia oblonga)

Quince grows as a small deciduous tree with white flowers appearing in late spring on the ends of relatively long shoots. Leaves are oblong to oval, pointed, with serrate margins. They have a soft texture with fine fuzz giving them a dull appearance. The fruit are fuzzy, round or pear-shaped, and usually large (up to one pound in weight). A yellow surface color develops at maturity during late summer. Fruit are quite hard, even at maturity, but are edible when cooked or made into jelly or preserves.