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Double Take Orange Storm Flowering Quince Double Take™ 'Orange Storm' Chaenomeles speciosa 'Orange Storm' PP20,950

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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 ‘Orange Storm’ PP20,950 is a mediumsized, upright to rounded, multi-stemmed shrub with a mature height of approximately 4 feet. It will bloom best in full sun though will tolerate some partial shade.  It is an excellent spring accent plant. It works as a specimen or grouped in a shrub border, as an informal hedge, or in a cottage garden. 

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best flowering occurs in full sun. Withstands a range of soil types including heavy clay but prefers well- drained loams. Cholorosis (yellowing) of the leaves occurs in high pH (alkaline) soil. Flower buds are susceptible to damage from early spring frosts so a protected site is ideal. Established plants will tolerate dry soils. Does well in high erosion areas like slopes. In warmer areas, some afternoon shade will help flowers last longer. 

Large, orange, double flowers appear 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.  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.

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.  

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 / Varieties:
  • Double Take™ 'Orange Storm'
  • 'Orange Storm'
Tags:
#deciduous#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#acidic soil#showy#cut flowers#orange flowers#low maintenance#thornless#cottage garden#accent plant#pet friendly#clay soil#mci#children's garden#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Double Take™ 'Orange Storm'
  • 'Orange Storm'
Tags:
#deciduous#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#acidic soil#showy#cut flowers#orange flowers#low maintenance#thornless#cottage garden#accent plant#pet friendly#clay soil#mci#children's garden#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chaenomeles
    Species:
    speciosa
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Huge, bright orange, frilly camellia-like blooms. Double flowers with 31-49 petals per flower that look like orange petticoats. Blooms on old wood so do not over prune in the spring. No thorns on 'Orange Storm'. Great for cuttings. Prune after flowering.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green leaves no color
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat