Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Red-Orange
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From woody stem cuttings From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings By simple layering By tip layering By serpentine layering
Seed Collecting: Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
I have this ornamental shrub in my yard and it is original to our house, so this makes it around 102 years old. Two sides of the house are surrounded by these quince; it's like having a fortress of thorns. While directions always say to hand prune the shrub I have been cutting them with clippers for years and have never had difficulties with spring blooms. My shrubs have become very dense, supply large fruits and have beautiful blooms come spring.
On Jan 11, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
There are many named cultivars of flowering quince which do not come true from seed. The unimproved species can be readily increased by seed, if necessary. This shrub roots so readily from almost any means that an almost unlimited number of new plants can be obtained in a few weeks.
Pruning should be kept to a minimum as it forms buds immediately after flowering for the following year. If necessary, remove branches rather than by shearing. Grown close together, this forms a very dense thorny privacy hedge.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Fayetteville, Arkansas Morrilton, Arkansas Fullerton, California Merced, California Muir Beach, California San Leandro, California Bailey, Colorado Danielsville, Georgia Orland, Indiana Arkansas City, Kansas Dearborn Heights, Michigan Mathiston, Mississippi Lemmon Valley-golden Valley, Nevada Hamilton, New Jersey Bessemer City, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Harbeck-fruitdale, Oregon Sherwood, Oregon Derry, Pennsylvania Municipality Of Monroeville, Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Centerville, South Carolina Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Belton, Texas Leesburg, Virginia Madison, Wisconsin