The Gardeners' Chronicle p. 335 (May 23,1908)


FIG. 150.—Pyrus "John Seden," being a cross between the pear and quince.
(From specimens exhibited by Messrs. Jas. Veitch & Sons.)

THIS interesting fruit was raised by Messrs. J. Veitch & Sons at their Langley Nursery in 1895 from Pear Bergamotte Esperen and the Portugal Quince, a variety of Pyrus Cydonia, the latter being the pollen parent. Three plants were raised from seeds taken from the same fruit, and of these two have fruited, while the third has produced a dwarf and somewhat stunted tree.

The plant of which the fruit is illustrated at fig. 150 is similar to the Quince in its general habit and foliage, and the time and method of flowering coincides with that of the Quince. At the present time the fruits are quite firm, and will probably keep in a good condition for a considerable period. When first gathered the colour of the fruit was a grass green, but it became slightly darker. The flavour is distinctly that of the Quince.

The other tree resembles the Pear in every respect, and the mode of flowering is in trusses, the same as in the mother parent. Its fruits are pear-shaped and they have a rich Bergamotte flavour. They were ripe early in November and developed a reddish-brown colour. T. W. B.