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The three selections are
Botanically speaking, they are all selections of Chaenomeles speciosa which is native to
The old fashioned flowering quince always seems to be bare of flowers on the tips or tops of the plant but these blooms that reach up to 2 1/2-inches in diameter stretch outward to the tip of the stem. That means the blossoms are almost as large as a tennis ball. Here at the
Plant your selection in a site in full to part sun. These great flowering quinces deserve to be planted in a well-prepared shrub bed. Incorporate 3- to 4- inches organic matter along with about two pounds of a 5-10-5 fertilizer per 100 square feet of planting area. Till your soil deeply and dig your hole about three times as wide as the rootball but no deeper. Place the flowering quince in the hole and backfill to two-thirds. Tamp the soil and water to settle. Add the remaining backfill and repeat the process to get all of the air pockets out and provide a great start for acclimatization of your new shrub.
These plants bloom on old wood so remember not to over do it when pruning when they are in their deciduous or dormant state of winter. If any pruning is needed make these cuts after the spring bloom. Of course, these make breathtaking cut flowers, so select as needed.
These blooms sequence nicely with spring blooming bulbs like Dutch iris, daffodils, and the iridescent blue of the Peruvian lily, Scilla peruviana which is cold hardy to around zero. Try clustering three in front of evergreen hollies. Our Chinese snowball viburnums and
To me, the flowering quince has always been that harbinger of spring. It's the one plant that shouts with its colorful blooms, "You Have Survived Winter!" Even though I loved those old blooms they pale in comparison to a plant like
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