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Chaenomeles japonica

Flowering quince

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


Chaenomeles japonica

Plant details

The Japanese quince is invaluable for early spring colour when its bright orange-flame flowers stud the bare thorny stems for weeks. These flowers often mature into rounded green or yellow quinces which can make an delicious jelly. It's one of the easiest of all shrubs to grow in virtually any soil and can also be trained on to 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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