Chaenomeles speciosa (commonly known as flowering quince, Chinese quince, or Japanese quince) is a dense, broad-rounded, deciduous shrub with often-tangled, spiny, gray-brown twigs. It is native to eastern Asia.The flowers are usually red, but may be white or pink.
Cultivar “Double Take”
Unlike the more common variety of flowering quince, the Double Take series hybrid are thorn-less and fruitless, featuring large, double, Camellia-like flowers with yellow centers and layers of overlapping petals. It tends to blossom early in spring and is hardy in zones 5-8.
- Huge flowers and higher petal count.
- Resemble Camellias more than traditional quince.
- Tends to have flowers all the way out to the tips of its branches.
- Available in three vivid colors: Scarlet Storm, Pink Storm, and Orange Storm.
In the Garden
This relatively carefree, drought tolerant series of quince is easy to arrange. Its compact, spreading habit makes it ideal as a specimen, espalier, or hedge.
- Spectacular early season display of large, fragrant, bright colored blooms in the garden.
- Reaches 3 to 4 feet. tall and wide.
- Deer resistant
Caring & Growing
USDA hardiness zone : 5 to 8
Can be grown in full sun or partial shade. Full sun will produce the most blooms.
Once established, Quince is a very drought tolerant plant.
Adapts to a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers well-drained loams.
Depending on rainfall, new plants need to be watered weekly through the first growing season. When watering, soak the soil thoroughly rather than just keeping the surface moist. Deep watering encourages roots to grow further into the ground resulting in a sturdier plant with more drought tolerance. During hot spells thoroughly soaking the ground up to 8″ every few days. As a guide, water the plant whenever top 2 to 4 inch of soil is dry.
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Use a slow-release fertilizer in early spring, when the plant is growing, or apply compost as a soil amendment. Established trees should be fertilized every 2-3 years.
Little pruning is needed unless training them against a wall. Prune after flowering to shape if needed.