Flowering Quince / Chaenomeles

chaepinklady (300x296)Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner is nearly thornless, unlike most Flowering Quince. It is fairly common and bears single pink flowers from March to May, usually as the leaves emerge. These are followed by fragrant yellow hard fruits that can be used to make a tasty jelly. Grows 5′ high by 6′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

chamaenonivalis (300x298)Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Nivalis’ – The pure white single blooms of ‘Nivalis’ add an elegant touch to any ‘Alba’ garden. It flowers from March to May and is best trained espalier form against a fence or wall with a part to full sun exposure. The spiny stems can be an effective deterrent when grown as an informal hedge. Grows 5 to 6′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.

chaenonicoline (300x282)Chaenomeles x superba ‘Nicoline’ – Another RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with single scarlet blooms contrasted by golden stamens. This deciduous shrub is thorned and should be shaped by pruning immediately after flowering. Flowering Quince is drought tolerant once established and tolerates a wide variety of soil types. Grows 3-5′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.

chaenocameo (300x298)Chaenomeles x superba ‘Cameo’ – Chaenomeles x superba is a cross of C. japonica and C. speciosa with this cultivar featuring pastel peach double blooms from March to April which often start opening before the glossy dark green leaves emerge. The blooms are followed by irregular shaped (averaging 2.5″ wide) green, maturing to yellow fruits. Grows 3-4′ high by 4-5′. Zone 5.

chaenocrimson&gold (300x299)Chaenomeles x superba ‘Crimson & Gold’ –  This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner has huge single red blooms (about 2″ across) held in dense clusters and contrasted by golden stamens. It is a long-lived deciduous shrub with prominent thorns, which makes it a good barrier plant. As with all Flowering Quince, they are easy to grow in part to full sun. Grows 2-3′ high by 4-5′. Z5.

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One Response to Flowering Quince / Chaenomeles

  1. agatharaisinslover says:

    Reblogged this on Mr B, the Gardener.

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