Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Toyo-Nishiki’)

Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince


What is Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince

If you’re looking for subtle sophistication, look no further than the Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince. This plant – also known as Japanese Quince – is characterized by small, multi-colored flowers on leafless, barky stems. The Toyo-Nishiki sets itself apart from other quince plants with its tri-colored, pink, white and red blooms, sometimes all on the same apple blossom-like flower! 

As a centerpiece in your yard, the Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince offers a profusion of blossoms early in the spring, before other plants are blooming. And its vibrant flowers transform into small, yellowish fruits. Ripe in fall, these fruits are bitter if eaten raw, but can be made into jams or jellies. You can also use cut branches for beautiful cut arrangements! 

In your landscaping, the Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince can stand out or blend in. Try planting several to create a low flowering hedge or an eye-catching border. Because the plants grow 6-10 feet tall a few years after planting and are quite bushy, several plants together make a beautiful screen! The quince also has a spreading habit, stretching out to 6-8 feet.

What’s more is that theToyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince requires very little effort from you. Though it prefers loamy soil, it’s adaptable enough to grow in many soil conditions. And when established, the plant is drought, deer, and rabbit-resistant! 

The Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince is such a hardy, stunning plant, perfect for anyone – green thumb or not.

Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa 'Toyo-Nishiki') Chaenomeles speciosa 'Toyo-Nishiki'

How to Grow and Care for Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince

Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Toyo-Nishiki’) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 5-9 outdoors


Choose a well-draining soil that is on the dry side in which to plant your quince. Ideally, the plant likes a loamy soil, but it is not picky. 

Find a sun that receives six hours of sun per day to ensure better flower production, though the quince still grows well in partial shade. Ideally, your planting spot should receive at least five hours of sun per day. 


Water your Japanese Quince weekly, unless your area enters a dry spell, when it may need added moisture more often. The plant is drought-tolerant after it is established. 


Flowers grow on the previous year’s branches, so wait until after flowering is over to prune. 

Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Toyo-Nishiki’) Details

Common name Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince
Botanical name Chaenomeles speciosa 'Toyo-Nishiki'
Plant type Shrubs, Hedges
Hardiness zone 5-9 outdoors
Growth rate Medium
Height 6-8 ft.
Width 6-8 ft.