Portugal quince trees

  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Cookery 

Portugal is a well-known quince variety, capable of producing large fruits with a very good flavour when grown in the right conditions.

The fruit is ready for picking at the end of September, which is slightly earlier than most other quinces. However the fruits should be stored indoors (at room temperature) for a few weeks to ripen properly.

Portugal quinces may turn a crimson pink when cooked (depending on how ripe they were). They have a soft texture and mild flavour which makes them particularly suitable for making quince marmalade. They are generally considered the best flavoured of all quinces.

Order now for delivery week commencing 27th October 2014 onwards (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Portugal quince trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard premium - 12l pot - Quince A rootstock £35.45

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Portugal

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large
    One of the most vigorous quinces.?
  • Precocity: Slow to start bearing?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Attractive fruit

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1700 - 1749
  • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green


Pollination guide for Portugal

Portugal is in flowering group 2. Portugal is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Portugal quince trees

Although like all quinces Portugal is a fairly hardy tree, it needs a sheltered location to produce good quality ripe fruit. It prefers a dry climate and is not suitable for the wetter north-west of the UK - it is probably the most challenging quince variety to grow.

Whereas many quince trees have an attractive growth habit, Portugal is not the best choice for a feature tree - it is grown just for the fruit. It works well as a fan-trained tree or just simply allowed to grow up a south-facing brick wall.

Portugal is only partially self-fertile and cropping will be improved if there is a compatible pollinator nearby such as Meech's Prolific or Serbian Gold.

Varieties with similar picking times to Portugal

< Slightly earlier

About the same time

Slightly later >

Vranja


Historical details

Unknown origins but introduced to England in the early 17th century.


Botanical name

Cydonia oblonga 'Portugal'




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