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Chaenomeles speciosa/Flowering Quince

Chaenomeles speciosa / Chaenomeles speciosa
Foliage and young fruit
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Foliage and young fruit

Espaliered flowering quince in bloom


Apple-like fruit

Shrub in bloom in full sunlight

Often sparse flowering in the Lower South

Close-up of flowers


Close-up of flowers

Hard, green fruit in summer

Flowering branches make excellent cut flowers

Hot pink flowers

White flowers in early spring

Large flowering quince apples in late summer

Relatively young plant with good vigor and excellent flowering shoots

Fruit hanging on deciduous shrub in winter

Semi-double pink flower makes an outstanding display

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Scientific Name: Chaenomeles speciosa
Common Name: Flowering Quince
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Various
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Shrubs, Fruiting
Comments: Fungus leaf disease may cause leaf drop in areas of high rainfall. Many cultivars with broad color range of flowers. Mature plants can stand drought. Fruit used in making jelly. Several plants needed for cross pollination to obtain a heavy fruit set. Periodically remove old canes near the ground to rejuvenate plants and keep them flowering. Spring pruning stimulates new growth shoots that will produce flower buds the following year. A flowering quince can live for many, many years if just given reasonable care. One of the earliest of our shrubs to bloom in late winter and early spring.