Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles spp.)

Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles spp.) (14794 bytes)     Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles spp.) is a broadleaf, bushy, deciduous shrub that grows 6 to 10 feet in height with an equal spread. Grown for its colorful, early spring bloom, it is hardy to Zone 4, thrives in partial shade to full sun, and will tolerate any soil type as long as the pH is not too high. Iron chlorosis may develop if pH exceeds 7.0. Moisture needs are moderately low. No serious disease or insect problems.
flowering quince foliage (2937 bytes) flowering quince foliage in fall (4875 bytes) Foliage is a glossy dark green, with simple, alternate leaves. Leaves appear soon after flowering and turn yellow to red in fall.
 flowering quince blossoms (5616 bytes) Flowers are scarlet, about 1 inch in diameter, and occur in clusters along the stems in early spring.
flowering quince fruit (4312 bytes) Fruit is apple-like, 2-4 inches in diameter, edible and appeals to both man and wildlife. Its pinkish-red color turns to yellow in fall. Can be made into jelly.
quince stems with thorns (3575 bytes) quince tangled stems (4983 bytes) Stems are thorny and tangled, making this plant a good choice to use to discourage traffic.
quince bark (6249 bytes) Bark is gray on younger stems, brown and peeling on older stems.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

 

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