Yippee! I see the photo has come up...at last! There you go Bixa, there is your little tree! I don't think I need another one to pollinate but have seeds over and am staring another lot of trees to plant out in spring. I will grow them on my kitchen windowsill until then. Watch this space...as they say.
When my dear old dad was into making jam to keep himself busy, he asked me to plant a patch of gooseberries for his jam making. That was over 20 years ago and the gooseberries, although not in a huge patch any longer, still come up year after year all over my garden. I noticed these today so will have a nice crop when the little green bells turn yellow.
Oh -- lovely plant portrait, Tod! I love the Physalis family because the plants look so "unimproved", so much the way they must have looked when an early South American or Mexican took the first tentative bite of one.
Bixa, the tree was quite big - at least 15ft high and widespread branches. But, I am doubtful that it is a quince fruit tree after googling it. The quince fruit looks more like a pear. I picked up two of the fallen 'quinces' and brought them home but unfortunately they had rotted and turned dark brown. I cut one open and see a fleshy part with what could be seeds in the centre. The receptionist told us it was a quince tree and to prove it they had umteen bottles of the preserved fruit, and jam on sale in the lobby. I think I must investigate further and even telephone them.
Here's the result of #38, #40 and #43 Excellent sweet apples ... more than we could ever eat (we have a box full already). I know what to do today: make apple sauce from what's left on the tree. Night temps are going low and we don't want the apples to freeze.