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Red Chief Chaenomeles hybrids

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
kee-nah-MAH-leez HY-brids
Description

Flowering Quinces are deciduous shrubs in the rose family from Asia. They are one of the first shrubs to bloom in late winter to early spring. The showy flowers come in shades of pink, red and white and usually appear before the foliage. Blooming occurs on old growth so prune sparingly. Depending on the species, they can grow anywhere from 2 to 6 feet tall. They may have thorns.

Quinces prefer full sun to partial shade in moist well-drained loams but are tolerant of a variety of soil types. Best blooming occurs in full sun. They are drought tolerant once established. Use as a specimen, in hedges, as a foundation plant or a shrub border. Deer will sometimes browse the shrub.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chaenomeles
    Species:
    hybrids
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Edibility:
    The fruits are bitter but can be used in preserves.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    2 inch round greenish-yellow fruits ripen early fall.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Orange-red, scarlet, white or red flowers in spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, lustrous, dark green leaves; 1-2 in. long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Description:
    Spreading; interlacing network of thorny stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden