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Karp's Sweet Quince

Original price $69.99 - Original price $69.99
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$69.99 - $69.99
Current price $69.99
SKU D084

Cydonia oblonga 'Karp's Sweet'

Finally available to American gardeners, this quince is uniquely sweet, juicy and non-astringent, especially when grown in warm climates. Named for the fruit connoisseur and writer David Karp, this cultivar comes to us through Edgar Valdivia whose family grew it at lower elevations in Peru. We tasted fresh fruit Valdivia had grown in California, and it was sweeter and less woody than other quinces, living up to the moniker "white apple quince" as it is called in Peru, but it is more like other classic quince varieties in areas with cooler summers like the Pacific Northwest.

At the turn of the 20th century almost every rural family had a fruiting quince tree they relied on for medicine, pectin, and fragrant, long-lasting fruits. The varieties we offer have delightful pineapple-like flavors. They are prized for cooking, jelly making, and adding to apple cider. Quince trees are self fertile and showy, with big white blossoms in late spring and unusual, fuzzy yellow fruits in fall.

USDA Zone: 6 and up

Mature Height: 11'

Sun: Full Sun

Ripening Time: October

Pollination: Self-Fertile

Rootstock: Provence Quince BA29C

Size: Semi-Dwarf (4'-5')


Ask a Question
  • Hi, can I grow the Karp's Sweet in West Palm Beach , FL, USDA zone 10B?

    Quince tends to suffer in Southern Florida for a number of reasons including sandy soils, low chilling hours, and a vulnerability to diseases that are common in hot humid climates (like fireblight). You would need to protect it or grow it indoors.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Dawn G.
Quince tree

I ordered in a timely manner at the end of March. I received the trees about 1 1/2 months later. Which is very close to the end of the best time to plant. The roots were dry when the trees arrived. I planted next day. The quince is not yet showing any activity.

Dave O.
Quince tree

Hi, the wood looks good, but no buds. I planted immediately. It may have been in box close to a week, due to severe weather conditions.; causing a shipping delay. Not Raintrees fault, I just hope it lives.