COMMON NAME: Flowering Quince
BOTANICAL NAME: Chaenomeles japonica
PRONUNCIATION: key-NOM-me-lees jah-PON-ih-kah
Deciduous - Sun / Shade
Ht. 4’-6’ Spread 4’-6’ 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.