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Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm' Chaenomeles speciosa 'Scarlet Storm' PP20,951

Description

The mention of flowering quinces (Chaenomeles spp.) evokes images and memories of quintessential, springflowering, heirloom plants. Old fashioned? Definitely. Flowering quinces are known to have been cultivated for over 400 years, but admiration for quinces certainly dates back thousands of years. A member of the rose family (Roaceae), flowering quinces are spring show stoppers that usher in the growing season with the likes of magnolias, flowering cherries, and forsythias. Flowering quinces make up a relatively small genus consisting of just three species: Japanese flowering quince (Chaenomeles japonica), common flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa), and the Cathay flowering quince (Chaenomeles cathayensis).

Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ PP20,951 – A mediumsized, upright to rounded, multi-stemmed shrub with a mature height of approximately 6 feet. It will bloom best in full sun though will tolerate some partial shade.  It is an excellent spring accent plant; one of the only early spring red-blooms with eye-popping color that can be spotted from a mile away. It works as a specimen or grouped in a shrub border, as an informal hedge, or in a cottage garden. 

Large, scarlet red, double flowers with velvety petals burst forth in early spring. This hybrid is fruitless (pistils were traded in for more petals), which means no messy clean up.  It is also thornless so is a child and pet friendly plant. Unlike many flowering quinces, ‘Scarlet Storm’ tends to have flowers out to the tips of its branches. Branches with unopened flower buds can be clipped and forced to bloom for some showy indoor color.    Double Take quinces often rebloom in fall for some surprise color late in the season.

Plant Care: Prune as needed to remove dead or broken branches and improve shape in the spring after flowering.  This will stimulate growth of flowering spurs which will improve bloom for the following year. Promptly remove any root suckers to control possible unwanted spread.    

Wildlife:  This plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Insects and Diseases: May be usceptible to fungal leaf spot, in years with heavy rainfall, which causes leaf defoliation. Fireblight and scab may be problematic some areas. Aphids can cause significant damage to new growth. Lesser pests include scale and mites. Chlorosis (yellowing of foliage) will occur in high pH soils. 

 

Cultivars:
  • Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm'
  • 'Scarlet Storm'
Tags:
#deciduous#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#showy#red flowers#cut flowers#low maintenance#thornless#cottage garden#accent plant#pet friendly#clay soil#mci#children's garden
Cultivars:
  • Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm'
  • 'Scarlet Storm'
Tags:
#deciduous#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#showy#red flowers#cut flowers#low maintenance#thornless#cottage garden#accent plant#pet friendly#clay soil#mci#children's garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chaenomeles
    Species:
    speciosa
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen