Chaenomeles speciosa

Scientific name: Chaenomeles speciosa

Synonym: Chaenomeles japonica


Common names: “Flowering quince” “Japanese quince”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 5-8

Light: Full sun best – part shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Average, not fussy

Moisture: Moist well drained, takes summer drought


Plant Size: H 8′ W 15′, vigorous grower

Leaf and Stem shape: Spiny shrub with simple leaves

Flower: Clusters of bowl shaped flowers on old wood, cvs range from red – white

Pruning: Prune to shape, can be cut hard

Maintenance: Low, tough plant

Landscape use: Barrier hedge, groundcover, espalier

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: Canker, fireblight, scale insects maybe

Comments: Small edible fruits, thorns keep out burglars

Cultivars: ~AGM winners: C. s. ‘Geisha Girl’ & C. s. ‘Moerloosei’


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