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Portland Nursery

FLOWERING QUINCE

Chaenomeles speciosa – pronounced Ky-anom-aleez: Greek for ‘split apple’. Speciosa means ‘showy’, referring to the very showy flowers.


Ribes rubrum 'Cascade'‘Chojuraku’ – An unusual color for quince, flowers are salmon orange, very large and double. Grows to 4-5’.


'Clarke's White'‘Clarke’s White’ – White single flowers on long elegant branches with serious thorns! Grows to 6-10’ tall.


Chaenomeles 'Contorta'‘Contorta’ – Pale pink buds and white single flowers set off twisting leaves, branches and thorns. Left alone, this shrub grows to 2-3’ tall & wider, but it makes an interesting bonsai specimen as well.


Ribes 'Black Reward' ‘Falconet Charlot’ – Double coral pink flowers on a tall shrub, 6-10’.


Ribes rubrum 'Cascade' ‘Iwai Nishiki’ – New to Portland Nursery this spring. Deepest red Camellia-like flowers are very full double. Medium-size shrub, 3-4’ tall & wider.


'Orange Delight' ‘Orange Delight’ – Deep orange single flowers. Grows to 2-3’ tall.


'Pink Lady' ‘Pink Lady’ – Aptly-named for pretty pink flowers, but not so lady-like in its growth. Grows to 4’ tall & 6’ wide. Allow plenty of space!


'Toyo Nishiki' ‘Toyo Nishiki’ – Ooh-la-la! Individual flowers can be pink, red or white or a combination of all colors, blooming all along the same branch. Tall shrub, 6-10’.

Chaenomeles 'Jet Trail'

Chaenomeles ' Jet Trail'

FACTS: FLOWERING QUINCE

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Chaenomeles

Common: Flowering Quince

Origin: Native to China, Japan & Korea

Characteristics: White, pink, peach, orange or red flowers bloom in mid to late winter, before bronze and green new leaves show up in March. 

Most flowers are single types, but new cultivars are becoming available with semi-double and fully double blooms.  Yellow-green apple-shaped fruit follows flowers, ripening in October. 

Eaten fresh, the fruit will cause serious facial contortions due to its sour nature. Sweetened, it can be used in tasty preserves and jellies.  Branches are often thorny, so beware!

Size: Mature sizes vary. Some are low and spreading, forming a thicket-like mass, great for supporting birds and other wildlife.  Others are tall shrubs with an upright oval shape.

Low sizes – 2-3’ tall x 5-6’ wide
Medium sizes – 4-5’ tall x 4-5’ wide
Tall sizes – 6-10’ tall x 4-6’ wide

Culture: Quince is very adaptable, thriving in a broad range of soil conditions including dry spots. Flowers are more prolific if planted in full sun, but quince will thrive in partial shade as well.

Leaves can burn when plants are grown in containers, so extra water or afternoon shade may discourage this from happening.Plants are very tough, multi-stemmed and often thorny, so plant them in an area where they have the space they need and where they won’t need to be moved. Hardy Z4-8.

Diseases: Aphids are often prevalent on new growth and can be sprayed off with water or treated with a broad variety of insecticides.Leaf spots burn can cause defoliation during summer months. Leaf spots are fungal and can be avoided by improved air and soil circulation and dormant sprays.