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PlantFiles: Flowering Quince
Chaenomeles speciosa 'Scarlet Storm'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chaenomeles (kee-no-MAY-leez) (Info)
Species: speciosa (spee-see-OH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Scarlet Storm
Additional cultivar information: (PPAF, PBRAF; Double Take series, aka Double Take Scarlet Storm)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gardeningman On Jul 13, 2012, Gardeningman from Kingman, KS wrote:

There is a Double Take Scarlet Storm Quince in front of one of the local insurance company's offices. It is right up against the south facing foundation. It doesn't get any special treatment and besides rain, it only gets occasionally watered. It is doing really, really well. It is very drought tolerant and is densly foliaged. It has beautiful flowers in late February through March. Every other shrub and perenial is dormant except this flowering quince. It is very refreshing to look at after a long winter. However, after it is done flowering, it looks just like any other green shrub. It would be perfect to have it mixed in with several other flowering shrubs and perenials to HELP provide a flowering display from February through Summer and then to frost. But I wouldn't use it as a stand alone specimen.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chicago, Illinois
Kingman, Kansas
Kure Beach, North Carolina

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