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Flowering Quince

Deciduous Sun / Shade
Chaenomeles japonica
Ht. 4-6 Spread 4-6
key-NOM-me-lees jah-PON-ih-kah
Spacing 3-4  

HABIT:  First shrub to bloom each year in late winter. Flowers are various shades of red, pink, and white.

CULTURE:  Best in prepared beds but tolerates a wide range of soils. Will grow in sun or shade but blooms better in sun. Relatively drought tolerant.

USES: Spring flower display.

PROBLEMS: Leaf spot, chlorosis, heat. 

NOTES: I use this plant more as a source of cut flowers than as a shrub since it looks so bad in the summer months. Native to China. Common flowering quince C. speciosa is the larger growing variety.

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