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PlantFiles: Flowering Quince
Chaenomeles speciosa

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chaenomeles (kee-no-MAY-leez) (Info)
Species: speciosa (spee-see-OH-suh) (Info)

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

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:

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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5 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative eclecticcottage On Apr 11, 2012, eclecticcottage wrote:

We inherited a well established quince when we bought our Cottage-actually, several well established quince. One appeared to have been planted deliberately, the others volunteered themselves in other places in the garden and had grown rather large in the absence of anyone to stop them (the Cottage was vacent and severely neglected when we bought it). It is quite lovely in bloom, but I spent evey week last year killing off volunteers sprouting amoungst my perennials and in places I didn't want them (too close to the house, where previous volunteers had grown and scratched the siding quite deeply and also put holes in screens). I am considering digging a "trench" around the one parent plant and installing a few feet of metal trim we had left over to try to keep it from continuing to spread-or growing a few honeysuckle up into it to choke it and hopefully kill it so the unwanted root based seedlings stop.

Carefully plan where you plant this shrub-be sure it can be mowed around for several feet in every direction if you don't want more of them!!

Positive JonthanJ On Mar 21, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Pearl left us some of this in 1952. Frost in our part of Zone 5 can blast the flowers, but the years in which they do make it are ample reward. It took a while to figure out that serious pruning, not unlike what works for Lilacs, can make a better show and help the shrub to produce nice tall branches for cutting. Unfortunately, the flower color is strongly connected to how much sun the plant gets, so flowers on cut branches will bloom out lighter and lighter colors as the display sits inside.

Once established the shrub will both spread out and spread by shoots coming up from the roots. These sprouting roots are remarkably persistent. If you want to entirely remove an older clump, it is a lot of work to get the plant entirely out of the site.

Positive R_Gordon On Oct 8, 2009, R_Gordon from Oxford, MI wrote:

We've had the flowering quince for 10-12 years. It was subject to slow growth in the first several years due to winter pruning by rabbits. My wife was disappointed that I failed to surround the plant with a barrier so each year we expected flowers but nothing happened. Within the last couple years the plant has taken off and is now prolific with spring blossoms and to our surprise this year it has 3 fruit that are about 3-4 inches in diameter. We will harvest the fruit and get our first taste of quince. We've enjoyed watching the changes over the years and expect to do so for years to come

Positive Jodaen On May 4, 2008, Jodaen from McLean, VA wrote:

I have a large specimen in my backyard (12'H x 15'W), that begins to bloom in late Feb. and still has several blooms on it today. I usually harvest enough fruit each year to make a few cans of preserves. It and the two smaller ones I added a couple of years ago are about the only things that the deer leave alone.

Positive WUVIE On Mar 26, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

A few years ago, we planted seven Quince along the top
of what I often call a ditch. For some odd reason, the county
decided to raise their mowers all the way up on our bank,
shredding one of our Quince. I was mortified!

Apparently he either realized what he had done or saw
me coming with a shotgun (just kidding) but he lowered
the mower back down to the ground and proceeded. The
spot he chose was not even county property to mow!
The odd thing is, he started in the middle of the bank,
not the end. To help protect them, I now keep large
chunky rocks in between the plants.

Other than being completely scalped, it survived. It
is not as tall as the others, but I'm sure it will catch up.

As of today they are all still in bloom, this 26th day of
March, 2007, standing at just about knee high. I'm
taking cuttings as a precautionary measure for this
year's potential bumbling mow job.

Mowing accidents aside, the flowering quince is more
than welcome in my garden. The beautiful blooms in
early spring make me want to get out there and dance!

Karen Marie

Neutral rudie On Feb 29, 2004, rudie from Panama City, FL wrote:

I live in St. Petersburg, Florida and saw a sprawling tree that had to be about 20' tall by 20'wide that had a bloom very similar to a red quince. I'm curious if these bushes grow naturally into standards like crape myrtles or was it something else?

Positive lupinelover On Jan 11, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

'Texas Scarlet' is a very low-growing cultivar, usually under 12", and is fairly spreading in habit. Fewer thorns than most, with a prolonged flowering habit, often from February through April.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Jet Trail' is a compact flowering quince cultivar which typically grows only to 2-4' tall. It is a dense, twiggy, spiny, deciduous shrub noted for its pure white, early spring flowers and its compact, broad-spreading habit. Five-petaled white flowers (1.5" diameter) appear in small clusters mostly before the foliage emerges in an extremely showy early spring bloom. Flowers are followed by hard, yellowish-green fruits (quinces) which ripen in autumn. Although edible, quinces are too bitter to be eaten directly from the plant, but are sometimes used in preserves and jellies.

Neutral mystic On Aug 11, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Deciduous shrub,6-10 ft(2-3 m)high,similar or greater spread,rounded outline,sometimes erect,tangled and dense twiggy mass,spiny branches.Leaves alternate,simple,ovate to oblong,1 to 3 inches long,sharply serrate,lustrous dark green above,stipules large on current seasons growth.Flowers red,pink to white look like large apple blossoms,start to appear before leaves in spring (sporadically in fall), solitary or 2-4 per cluster,about 1 3/4 inches across,showy.Fruit yellowish green with reddish blush, 5-6 cm long, fragrant,speckled with small dots, ripen in early fall.
Sun (best for full flowering) to partial shade. Adaptable to many soil conditions,does well in dry situations. Prune to remove older branches,or cut to 15 cm above ground to renew


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Chino Valley, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Deer, Arkansas
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
London, Arkansas
Morrilton, Arkansas
Amesti, California
Anderson, California
Cool, California
Knights Landing, California
Sacramento, California
San Anselmo, California
Santa Barbara, California
Denver, Colorado
Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Evans, Georgia
Hoschton, Georgia
Royston, Georgia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Logansport, Indiana
Ottawa, Kansas
Ewing, Kentucky
Mc Dowell, Kentucky
Lisbon, Maine
Cumberland, Maryland
Oxon Hill, Maryland
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Fiskdale, Massachusetts
Lynn, Massachusetts
Scituate, Massachusetts
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Byhalia, Mississippi
Carriere, Mississippi
Maben, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Ava, Missouri
Purdy, Missouri
Tamworth, New Hampshire
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Elba, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Hilliard, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Spavinaw, Oklahoma
Eagle Point, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Hillsboro, Oregon
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Sherwood, Oregon
Albion, Pennsylvania
Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Camden, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Pickens, South Carolina
Crossville, Tennessee
Sevierville, Tennessee
Baird, Texas
Belton, Texas
Clarendon, Texas
Clarksville, Texas
Kaufman, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Manassas, Virginia
Mathews, Virginia
Maurertown, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Temperanceville, Virginia
Wytheville, Virginia
Everett, Washington
Gold Bar, Washington
Ridgefield, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Elkins, West Virginia
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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