Flowering quince

Location: Front-side Eaton Hall
Approximate blooming period: April-May

Chinese flowering quince 'Jet Trails', Chaenomeles speciosa

Origin: China
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 4 
Height and Form: Deciduous shrub, 6-10 ft (2-3 m) high,   
Foliage and Bark: similar or greater spread, rounded outline, sometimes erect, tangled and dense twiggy mass, spiny branches.  Leaves alternate, simple, ovate to oblong, 4-9 cm long, sharply serrate, lustrous dark green above, stipules large on current seasons growth.
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: Flowers (red, pink to white) start to appear before leaves in spring (sporadically in fall), solitary or in clusters of 2-4, showy. Fruit yellowish green with reddish blush, fragrant, speckled with small dots, ripen in early fall. 
Cultivars/Varieties: speciosa: showy, the flowers

  • 'Cameo': actually C. × supurba (C. japonica × C. speciosa), low form, thornless, flowers double, apricot pink.
  • 'Jet Trail': low growing, 2-3 ft, white flowers.
  • 'Nivalis': upright, vigorous, white flowers.
  • 'Orange Delight': low spreading plant, bright orange flowers.
  • 'Texas Scarlet': compact, low growing, spreading, profuse tomato-red flowers.
  • 'Toyo-nishiki': upright shrub, 6 ft, with white, pink and red flowers on the same branch.
  • Oregon State University - Chaenomeles speciosa

Japanese quince, Chaenomeles japonica

Origin: Japan 
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 5 
Height and Form: Deciduous shrub that grows up to 3 ft tall 
Foliage and Bark: widespreading, dense branches, medium summer texture, coarse winter texture, dark green leaves 
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: produces very showy, very bright orangy-red flowers that bloom in early spring, sometimes late winter, which turns into a yellow green pome, like an apple


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