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PlantFiles: Flowering Quince
Chaenomeles japonica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chaenomeles (kee-no-MAY-leez) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

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:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Allison303 On Jul 22, 2010, Allison303 from Derry, PA wrote:

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.

Positive lupinelover 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
San Leandro, California
Sausalito, California
Bailey, Colorado
Danielsville, Georgia
Orland, Indiana
Arkansas City, Kansas
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Mathiston, Mississippi
Aurora, Missouri
Reno, Nevada
Neptune, New Jersey
Bessemer City, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Grants Pass, Oregon
Sherwood, Oregon
Derry, Pennsylvania
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Belton, Texas
Livingston, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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