Signifies the End of Winter
Here’s why your Garden or Landscape needs this Awesome Shrub:
- Incredible blooms that deepen in color with age
- Works well in a variety of soil types
- Strong plant with high wind tolerance
- Makes a great barrier hedge
- Fruit can be used in jellies and jams
Beautify your Borders with the Flowering Quince
If you’re in search of a hedge with tons of eye-popping floral coverage, then look no further than the Flowering Quince. Topping out at about 4 to 6 feet high, this wide-spreading plant perfectly fills in borders or just about any planting location you choose. An early bloom in March brings vibrant colors to your yard or landscape right at the start of the season. A gorgeous display of either red, pink or orange flowers will begin to flood your shrub as soon as winter releases its icy grip. Tolerant of dry sites and able to withstand strong winds, the Flowering Quince is a great candidate for hedges, borders and barriers.
Flowers, Fruits and Jams, Oh My
Like fine wine, the Flowering Quince’s blooms get better with age. Their bright color turns deeper as the season progresses. The radiant scarlet pedals will morph into an unforgettable maroon you’ll look forward to each season. As if the show of flowers wasn’t enough, your Quince will reward you with a shower of pale-green fruit that resembles the crabapple. Once they mature to a ripened red, remove the small, speckled fruit and use them to make incredible homemade jellies and jams you won’t soon forget.
Planting & Care
The Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles japonica) is a small shrub reaching only a mature height of 2-4 feet and width of 3-5 feet. Recommended for USDA growing zones 5-9, it’s tolerant to heat and also cold temperatures down to -10 degrees. They produce flowers that can be red, pink and even a coral-orange color. As the blooms age, the flowers will deepen in color. You’ll love the beautiful blooms in your garden during the late winter and early spring when everything else is still dormant. In addition to the vibrant flowers, the Flowering Quince also produces small, tart fruits that often resemble crabapples. At first they are pale-green and will ripen into red and can be used in jellies and jams.
Location: Choose a location where your plant will receive plenty of sunlight and has well-draining soil. It tolerates a wide range of soils but prefers a pH of 3.7 to 7.0 and does not do well in alkaline soil. They have the ability to withstand strong winds so they’re a great candidate for creating a hedge or border if a wind breaker is needed.
1) Dig a hole for your Quince that’s three times as wide and equal in depth as the root ball.
2) Remove your plant from its original container, position into the hole ensuring that it’s standing upright and the top of the root ball is even with the ground.
3) Begin backfilling the hole, tamping down lightly as you go.
4) Once the hole has been completely filled, give your plant a deep watering to allow the soil to settle and eliminate any air pockets.
5) Apply a 3-5 inch layer of mulch around the plant to help enrich the soil as well as conserve moisture and control grass/weeds from growing.
Watering: The Flowering Quince is a drought tolerant plant that requires a deep watering about once a week. Be sure to provide extra water while the plant is establishing and also in times of extreme heat/drought. It’s important to water these plants in the morning and at the base. Excess water on the leaves can lead to issues with fungus.
Fertilization: Apply a slow-release fertilizer once a year in early spring before new growth emerges. Follow up with a deep watering to allow the fertilizer to penetrate into the roots. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the fertilizer.
Pests and Diseases: While they tend to be fairly disease and pest resistant, problems with scale, mites and aphids can arise. They can be sprayed off with a hose and then treated with neem oil.
Pruning: Minimal pruning is needed for these plants. Any diseased or broken branches can be pruned back in spring before new growth begins.