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Chaenomeles japonica

Flowering quince

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






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Chaenomeles japonica

Plant details

The Japanese quince, Chaenomeles japonica, is invaluable for early spring colour when its bright orange-flame flowers stud its bare thorny stems for weeks. The flowers often mature into rounded green or yellow quinces which can be made into a delicious jelly.

Chaenomeles japonica is an incredibly easy shrub to grow. it's tolerant of virtually any soil and can also be trained to grow up a shady wall.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Chaenomeles

Species: japonica

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

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I collected a lot of quince seeds from a single quince,and I will be trying to sow them in the next couple of weeks--------any info would be very useful!

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