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Ussurian Pear (Siberian) vs Japanese Quince

Pyrus ussuriensis

Chaenomeles japonica

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Ussurian Pear (Siberian)
Japanese Quince

Ussurian Pear (aka Manchurian or Siberian Pear) is the most cold hardy of all pear species.

This self-pollinating pear bears white flowers in the spring and has good fall colour, making it an exceptional ornamental addition to any garden. However, it has a tendency to branch quite low and is often used in shelterbelts and hedges too.

It is primarily grown for its attractive flowers and pollination of other pear varieties, or as cold hardy rootstock, and is also an excellent addition to any shelterbelt.

Japanese Quince has bright, orange to red showy flowers that bloom in early spring. The flowers appear before the leaves and may continue to bloom after leaves emerge. Flowers grow on old wood, so pruning after flowering will help to promote new growth next spring. They produce yellow-green fruit that taste bitter when eaten raw, typically they are better suited for making preserves.

It can be used as a stand alone ornamental shrub, as a low hedge, or can be trained to grow against a wall. In late winter, branches of Japanese Quince can be cut and brought indoors where they will bloom on their own. They are deer and rabbit tolerant. The branches are spiny making them well suited for keeping unwanted wildlife away.

USSURIAN PEAR (SIBERIAN) QUICK FACTS

JAPANESE QUINCE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 5a
Height: 10 m (33 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: burgundy
Flavor: bitter
Harvest: fall
Flowers: white
Flowers: showy, red-orange
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





Other Names: flowering quince, maules quince