Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles spp.
|Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles
)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.
|Foliage is a glossy dark green, with simple, alternate leaves. Leaves appear soon after flowering and turn yellow to red in fall.|
|Flowers are scarlet, about 1 inch in diameter, and occur in clusters along the stems in early spring.|
|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.|
|Stems are thorny and tangled, making this
plant a good choice to use to discourage traffic.
|Bark is gray on younger stems, brown and peeling on older stems.|
Photos: Judy Sedbrook
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Date last revised: 01/05/2010