Genus: Flowering quince


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Flowering quince (Chaenomeles)
These deciduous, often spiny shrubs from mountain woodlands in China and Japan are cultivated for their early flowers. The cup-shaped, 5-petaled blooms are usually pink, pale pink, or white, borne singly or in dense clusters. Some cultivars have white, crimson, or orange flowers. They appear before or with the alternate, simple, toothed leaves. Apple-like, edible, aromatic fruit is yellow to green or purplish green, appearing in autumn. 
Noteworthy characteristics:  Fruit is palatable when cooked. Some species make effective groundcovers or low hedges. May tolerate alkaline soils and polluted environments.
Care:  Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Grow in a shrub border or on a bank, or train against a wall. Flowers and fruits best in full sun.

Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Layer in autumn.


Prone to fireblight, canker, rust, apple mosaic virus, and scale insects.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Chaenomeles

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Flowering quince
Chaenomeles  × superba ‘Texas Scarlet’