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What is this curious fruit bush?

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Feawen Fri 05-Feb-16 22:41:30

I've seen several in front suburban front gardens so it's fairly common. No pictures I'm afraid but I'll describe it:

Smallish bush, sometimes grown as a hedge, with bright pink (almost highlighter pen pink) flowers, and fruits that look a bit like apples but slightly smaller. The fruit are very hard and green through summer and autumn with a sharp but perfumy scent. They hang on the tree over winter and eventually turn yellow.

I've wondered about it for ages, saw another one today and thought I'd try asking!

slebmum1 Fri 05-Feb-16 22:43:02

Crab apple?

bigbadbarry Fri 05-Feb-16 22:43:20

Sounds like a quince.

Feawen Fri 05-Feb-16 23:00:55

Could be a crab apple. The trees I know as crab apples have small fruits, though, ping-pong ball sized. This has fruit that are close to eating apple size.

Don't quinces have great big yellow fruit shaped like pears but larger? I've never seen a quince tree but I've bought the fruit. Its definitely smallish and bushy rather than tall and tree-y.

Not meaning to rubbish your suggestions, by the way, as I have no idea and either of you could be right!

TheSpottedZebra Fri 05-Feb-16 23:06:59

Could it be a Japanese quince - Chaenomeles ?

TheSpottedZebra Fri 05-Feb-16 23:07:51

Ie as opposed to a 'proper' quince (Cydonia) that you described?

Feawen Fri 05-Feb-16 23:12:12

^ yes, Zebra, yes! I googled it and that's what it is. Thanks for solving a nagging question that my mind turns up every so often smile

TheSpottedZebra Fri 05-Feb-16 23:27:07

Aww, that is the first 'name that plant' question I've ever answered on here.

<Graciously accepts all congratulations and accolades> smile

Feawen Fri 05-Feb-16 23:42:33

-fanfare for zebra-

echt Sat 06-Feb-16 01:42:02

Ta daa for zebra

Double points I think, for identifying without a pic.

Kr1stina Sun 07-Feb-16 21:43:34

Triple I reckon

Especially as they come with white , orange ish and red flowers as well as pink

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