Botanical name Cydonia oblonga
Details Quinces are used as a root stock for producing dwarf pears, loquat and other quinces.
Root stocks can be created from root suckers, stool bed or seeds from overripe fruit planted in late autumn.
Forest layer low-tree
Fruit / berries
Propagation method Cutting
Benefits The primary benefits are smaller trees that fruit sooner
Negatives Many cultivars of pear are not directly compatible with quince and require double grafting with a compatible interstock
Pears grafted on quince have shorter lifespan than on seedling grown root stocks
Quince trees are prone to suckering, sending up growth from around the base of the tree and near damaged roots. These can be used as rootstocks.