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Quince-A Pear Rootstock (Spring 2021)


The classic dwarfing rootstock for pears. Also known as EM Quince A, Quince A.

Quince-A is the classic dwarfing rootstock for pears. It is an outstanding rootstock on the right site, with a compatible variety, and with a good support system. Unfortunately, however, its utility is somewhat limited because Quince-A is sensitive to low winter temperatures, incompatible with many varieties, including Bartlett and Bosc (requiring an interstem graft if it is to be used with these varieties), and needs support. It is also susceptible to fireblight.

"Early in the 1900s, researchers at East Malling in England collected quince rootstocks from a number of nurseries throughout Europe, including those from the Angers region of France where quince had been used as a pear rootstock for centuries. The East Malling group designated rootstock clones with letters of the alphabet: Quince A through G. Quince rootstock clones now available in the United States include ‘EM  Quince A’ and ‘EM Quince C’  from East Malling (EM) and ‘Provence Quince’ (= Quince BA 29-C) from France." (Postman, 2009)

Volume Pricing

Premiums are included in the following prices if applicable. All rootstocks are roughly 1/4" diameter, approximately pencil-size.

Quantity Quince-A Pear Rootstock
1-24 $3.95
25-99 $3.45
100-299 $2.95
300+ $2.65

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$3.95 ea.

This is the full retail price for orders of 1-24 rootstocks. You can get these rootstocks for as low as $2.65 each – see Volume Pricing above. More about Pricing & Grading.

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Quince-A is the classic dwarfing rootstock for pears. It is an outstanding rootstock on the right site, with a compatible variety, and with a good support system. Unfortunately, however, its utility is somewhat limited because Quince-A is sensitive to low winter temperatures, incompatible with many varieties, including Bartlett and Bosc (requiring an interstem graft if it is to be used with these varieties), and needs support. It is also susceptible to fireblight.

"Early in the 1900s, researchers at East Malling in England collected quince rootstocks from a number of nurseries throughout Europe, including those from the Angers region of France where quince had been used as a pear rootstock for centuries. The East Malling group designated rootstock clones with letters of the alphabet: Quince A through G. Quince rootstock clones now available in the United States include ‘EM  Quince A’ and ‘EM Quince C’  from East Malling (EM) and ‘Provence Quince’ (= Quince BA 29-C) from France." (Postman, 2009)



Rootstock Details

Category: pear

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock size class: Dwarf (35% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 8'
Good for wildlife planting?

Properties

Precocious: Y
Anchorage: average
Burr Knots: N
Suckering: N
Virus: N
Brittleness: Y
Ease of Grafting:

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Susceptible






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