Flowering Quince 'Texas Scarlet'

Chaenomeles speciosa

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



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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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


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Douglasville, Georgia

Royston, Georgia

Elgin, Illinois

South Bend, Indiana

Bardstown, Kentucky

Norridgewock, Maine

Crofton, Maryland

Helena, Montana

Omaha, Nebraska

Reno, Nevada

Jefferson, New York

Battleboro, North Carolina

Greenville, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bend, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Christiana, Tennessee

Clarksville, Tennessee

Baytown, Texas

Broaddus, Texas

Garland, Texas

Lipan, Texas

Red Oak, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Santo, Texas

Abingdon, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Blaine, Washington

Marysville, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 22, 2013, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I was given a tough little specimen that had been neglected for a few years and it looks happy.
The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia Of Garden Plants (2008 ed.) says this is actually a hybrid, called Chaenomeles x superba (Chaenomeles japonica x C. speciosa).


On Apr 21, 2013, MGMellie from Douglasville, GA wrote:

Chaenomeles speciosa, 'Texas Scarlet', is a quite a showy plant while the weather is still cold and little else is in bloom. It's beauty overshadows the harsh thorns which have to be avoided when pruning or transplanting.


On Apr 24, 2011, MTVineman from Helena, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted this shrub here in Helena, Montana 2 years ago and is doing wonderfully well. These are hardier than you'd think. It can get really cold here and the winters can be very long. But, this quince is doing quite well. Look's as if I'll be getting fruit this year too. I can't wait! Highly recommend this shrub. Especially in Montana!


On Jan 15, 2005, dbjccomfrey from Norridgewock, ME wrote:

I have the "texas Quince" growing on the north- west side of the property-it gets full sun-strong west winds-plently of moisture.I have around it- a lattice structure for some protection. Going into its second year.Last summer did well with profuse flowering. The "Jap" beetles love it,but after spraying it bounced back well. Am planning on moving it to same side but in different location this summmer. very happy with this quince,would like to add one more.


On Jan 10, 2005, mickgene from Linden, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This shrub doesn't seem to know when to stop flowering; mine has bloomed in all seasons, even when it's quite cold (although NOT the dead of winter.) It has been a very slow grower on a west-facing, exposed slope, but sets fruit every time it flowers.


On Jan 9, 2005, DryGulch from Wild Rose, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted it as a very small plant. Within 5 years it had become a beautiful specimen plant growing in partial shade, about 5 feet by 5 feet. It appears to only flowers on new growth with enough sun. It likes a little more water than average. It may act as a pollinator for pears. In ten years, it set a fruit once. The shiny, leathery leaves make this plant a stand out commented on by all my gardener friends. I am attempting to get it to grow in a colder zone (4a).