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An easy tree to grow as they can be more or less left to their own devices growing as a free tree with little or no need for pruning, when they will give a good crop of fruit. Quince trees thrive in situations where the soil is wet and they are certainly one for that awkward spot in the garden particularly alongside an old ditch!
If preferred a Quince can be grown ornamentally and they are very attractive grown in a spur fruiting style such as a cordon. Grow in a similar way to apples, cutting all new growth back to 3 buds. A quince grown in this way will look superb against a red brick wall where the ripe yellow fruits really stand out in autumn.
Of all the trees we offer this one is perhaps the most capable of great age — specimens survive in this country that are certainly several centuries old. Plant in an area where the growing Mulberry tree has plenty of space allowing at least 15′ (4.5m) on either side, preferably where the tree has some shelter from cold winds.
Use a very good tree stake that will survive for at least 12 years as mulberries are slow growing and do not root deeply in their early years. Pruning requirements are straightforward and can be left to the removal of damaged or untidy branches.
Medlars are a magnificent sight when in bloom as the flowers are among the largest of all fruit trees and the leaves are handsome and glossy. Medlar trees are, however very untidy growers with branches developing at many odd angles, this is characteristic and adds to their charm!
Because of this they are best grown as a free growing tree but with a short clear stem, to achieve this remove any branches that are 45cm (18″) or less from ground. Choose a moist sunny spot and allow at least 4.6m (15′) of space.