Flowering Quince - <em>Chaenomeles speciosa</em> - Zone 5 -

Flowering Quince - Chaenomeles speciosa - Zone 5

Flowering Quince is a medium sized deciduous shrub producing spectacular blossoms in early spring and highly underappreciated apple shaped fruit that make excellent preserves  and add exquisite flavour and fragrance many dishes. Larger than its cousin the Japanese quince.
 

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The Fruit

The exceptionally fragrant fruit are lemon shaped, bright yellow and can be between 5 and 15 cm in diameter. It is a bright yellow fruit and its potent aroma fills the landscape or the kitchen like a breath of tropical air. The fruit are rather bitter when eaten fresh but can be used in many cooked dishes to impart powerful flavour. Where they really shine is as a component in jams and jellies in which their high pectin levels aid the development of thick texture and the flesh adds dazzling flavour and bouquet.

The Tree

Flowering quince are rather fast-growing thorny shrubs native to China, Tibet, and Myanmar. They can reach heights of up to 3 metres and similar spreads. These shrubs have a dense, rounded form with spiky branches and glossy green leaves. The flowering quince makes a better specimen shrub than its smaller cousin by virtue of its rounder, more upright growth habit. It will produce vibrant pink blossoms up to 4 cm across in late winter, early spring. Its pink flowers and bright yellow fruit offer a nice complement to the dark glossy leaves. They are highly adaptable plants, thriving in a variety of soil conditions including dry soil and heavy clay. They are also quite tolerant of at least partial shade. They will do best in moist, well-drained soils and will exhibit faster growth and more deeply coloured flowers when grown in full sun. It has great potential for windbreak, hedge, and erosion control plantation.

CharacteristicValue
Height at maturity2 metres (6.5 feet)
Spacing1.5-2 metres (5-6 feet)
Hardiness zone5
Soiladaptable
Sun / shadeadaptable (best in sun)
Floweringmid-late May
Harvestmid-late October
Average fruit weight100g
Fruit colorYellow
Years to bear fruit3-4
PollinationSelf-fertile
Latin nameChaenomeles speciosa
Average diameter of fruit53 mm wide - 67 mm long
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