It’s not surprising to find quince in gardens around older homes. There was a time when every household grew quince as the fruits are high in pectin and used to make preserves, jam and jellies.
Quince were also used in recipes that called for apples or pears. And when cooked, quince turn a rosy color pink to ruby red.
The house I live in dates to the 1880s and has a magnificent quince in the garden. For me, it is the beauty of the blooms that make me cherish this shrub. The bloom color is a salmon pink and it is prolific and fragrant.
It is in its glory right now. A welcomed sign of Spring.