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PlantFiles: Flowering Quince
Chaenomeles 'Contorta'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chaenomeles (kee-no-MAY-leez) (Info)
Cultivar: Contorta

Synonym:Chaenomeles speciosa

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jbgregg On Jan 9, 2013, jbgregg from Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Nice winter interest - covered with both white and pink blossoms early - last winter starting in late January. My plant of 15+ years is non-aggressive. It will sucker occasionally, but remains at 4' x 3'.
May take 4-5 years before it sets fruit (in zone 7) from seed or cutting.
From experience with my plant: If you plan to grow from seed, clean and rinse seeds well, then give 2 months cold. Seeds usually start to germinate cold. Approximately half the seedlings will show some degree of contortion, from mild to extreme.

Positive Loretta_NJ On Mar 21, 2012, Loretta_NJ from Pequannock, NJ wrote:

This plant comes out of dormancy easily and will form flower buds very early so they are easy to lose to cold. It hasn't been very floriferous for me but I don't mind. Having the flowers dot along the stems make the contours more noticeable. I do wonder about the flowers in zone 5. I've seen the old fashioned chaenomeles around and this one has never flowered as heavily as that one or have grown as vigorously so some of you would not rate that as a positive.
Don't expect as much drama as Harry Lauders Walking Stick but charming just the same. I got a small plant from Fairweather Gardens at least ten years ago and it is still under three feet. It had been stepped on and broken down to the ground when I first got it and reappeared two years later so it's tough. Transplanted it without any trouble. Never gotten any kind of fruit on it.

Positive howards On Jun 23, 2005, howards from Beaverton, OR wrote:

My most favorite flowering shrub in my yard. Contorted, bare branches provide plenty of winter interest , but its most breathtaking appearance occurs in early spring, when hundereds of pink/white blossoms cover the branches.


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

Winnetka, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baltimore, Maryland
Pequannock, New Jersey
Beaverton, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Christiana, Tennessee
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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