Portugal quince trees

  • Pick: Mid-season (mid-September)
  • 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.

Portugal quince trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3m - 3.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Quince A rootstock  less than 5 in stock 23.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

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

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 bearing: Tip-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Attractive fruit

Uses

Identification

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

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

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.

Historical details

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

Botanical name

Cydonia oblonga 'Portugal'