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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:31 am    Post subject: Is this a Fruit Reply with quote

Hi Guys . I planted this Tree/Shrub, about Four years ago, and this year. this which looks like a Fruit appeared, only one. (see Pics) Maybe somebody here could Identify it for me. Many Thank's.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it was a peach at first but on looking it looks like the fruit of the ornamental bush Japonica which is the quince family but these fruit are not edible.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:45 pm    Post subject: Is this a fruit Reply with quote

Well spotted Margo
The leaves are exactly like an ornamental quince in my garden and the fruit is the same shape and colour. Because the photo is slightly blurred you can't see the white mottling of the skin which is a feature of these fruits. Real quince is wrinkled and quite yellow.

You can use this fruit, but obviouisly you need a good crop and one quince doth not a Summer make. My own japonica is too young but I can wait. The japonica fruit is a brilliant additive to Seville marmalade oranges when making homemade in December. But it's most exotic use is for membrillo.

http://www.waitrose.com/home/recipes/recipe_directory/m/membrillo.html

Nurture this shrub, Summer. Give it a nice mulch of horssht for the winter and a little potash in the Spring. (Potassium helps fruit forming but don't be too generous with that stuff) And hope for lots of nice plump fruit and lashings of membrillo and marmalade in years to come.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many Thanks Guys for the reply's. Yes i thought it was a Peach. Here is 2 more Pics, hopefully a little more in Focus.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have an enormous quince tree and used to use the fruit for puddings (delicious with apple) and also jam. The fruit as you say is yellow and wrinkly and does have a fluff on it. They have white blossom and they rather resemble in size and shape, a William pear.
I also had the ornamental japonica which has red flowers I was advised not to use the little fruit from the ornamental japonica.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well "Summer" the in focus shot shows a peach, but for other users, let me re-iterate that the fruit of the ornamental quince is useable if a. it grows big enough b. there are enough fruits. Some ornamamental quinces don't do both and some do neither. Mine is doing a. but not yet b.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank's again for the reply's. and walltoall the Fruit on this (which is the only one) is about the size of a average Tomato. Do the Fruit grow bigger, or is that it?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is the ornamental Japonica the fruit will grow the size of a greengage or victoria plum.
Where as quince looks and is about the size of a William pear.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like a peach to me but it is not ripe yet. The foliage is more like a peach than quince. Quince fruit is more like a medlar and this is not like a medlar.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thank's for all the reply's Guys. Today i had a closer Look at this Tree, and i found that their are about 6 Fruits on it, and in doing so, found the Label just under the Soil, still attached. Its called a ''Prunus amygdalus''
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well we was all wrong its an almond tree Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's nice to be wrong sometimes. It lowers the cocky. There are mature almond trees in the Custom House grounds in Dublin along by the Loop Line. I've seen them in flower very early in the year but I've never seen them fruit. Fair dues to Michael Brenock though. The almond and peach are close cousins.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad that the tree was identified as an Almond. I am not always right but I like to get the correct answer from wherever it comes. I love the challenge though and the old rule of always tie the label on the tree is still valid.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

michael, Fair Play to you, Definitely your a Talented Man, and Thank's to all that Replied.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Guys. Just an update on this Almond.( see pics) Pics taken today 10th Sept 2011


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