Chaenomeles japonica

Chaenomeles japonica

Japanese quince

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Chaenomeles japonica
  • Common name: Japanese quince
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Climber, Fruit, Perennial, Shrub
Flower colour:

Pink

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

How to grow Chaenomeles japonica

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Chaenomeles japonica and wildlife

Chaenomeles japonica is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Chaenomeles japonica poisonous?

Chaenomeles japonica has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Chaenomeles japonica

Corylopsis glabrescens
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