Chaenomeles japonica - Japanese Quince

  • A very ornamental, red flowered, small shrub. Its shiny, bright red flowers open before the leaves appear, giving a fantastic sight. It is suitable for pot growing (as a patio plant) and to be trained to a wall. It looks great to arch over pathways or steps in the garden. Its apple sized fruits are edible, yellow when ripe. The fruit is best when cooked as it makes a perfect addition to any jams and the squeezed juice is rich in aroma. Fast growing and hardy to -20C.

Other common names:  Dwarf Quince
Native to: East-Asia, Japan
Family:    Rosaceae
Habit (UK conditions): small, often arching well branching shrub
Growth rate: medium
Typical size in 5 years:  1.5m x 0.7m
Main value:    flowers, fruits
Flower colour:  bright red
Flowering period:   March - April
Autumn coloration:   shades of yellow
Preferences:    grows best in full sun, but it can tolerate shade; slightly acidic soil is best
Hardiness:    hardy to about -20C
Edibility qualities: the fruit is a well known delicacy, best when cooked and the juice queezed

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