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Docynia indica is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 4.00 metres tall.
It has edible and miscellaneous uses.
E. Asia - China to the Himalayas.
Open places to elevations of 2000 metres in Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan[
]. Slopes, streamsides and thickets at elevations of 2000--3000 metres in western China[
Requires a well-drained soil in a sunny position[
This species is only hardy in the milder areas of Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5 to -10°c[
There is some doubt as to whether this species is distinct from D. delavayi[
This genus is closely related to the quince, Cydonia oblonga[
]. The fully ripe fruit is edible[
]. It is eaten when half ripe[
]. The fruit is about 5cm in diameter[
Wood - hard, close and even grained[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.