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Chaenomeles speciosa

Common Name(s):
Flowering quince
Cultivar(s):
'Old Red', 'Orange Delight', 'Orange Storm', 'Scarlet Storm', 'Pink Storm'
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

More upright than C. japonica; drought tolerant; can be severely pruned after flowering to rejuvenate or control size; tough, hardy plant that would make a great informal hedge.  This plant is moderately salt tolerant.

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Seed: Pome

Notes: Used for jellies and preserves

Insects and Diseases: Fire blight susceptible.

Wildlife Value:  These plants are occasionally damaged by deer.

Height:
6-10 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, glossy, dark green leaves; 1.5-3.5 in. long; bronzy red when first emerges; non-showy fall color
Flower:
Scarlet, red, pink, or white single to double flowers in late winter to early spring before leaves emerge; 2-2.5 in., edible
Zones:
4 to 8
Habit:
Upright
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types; best flowers in full sun; dislikes high pH
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Rounded, broad spreading, multi-stemmed shrub; tangled and dense twiggy growth; spiny branches
Width:
6-10 ft.
Tags:
deciduous, play, playground, hedge, showy, children’s garden, salt tolerant, deer resistant, screen

NCCES plant id: 1475

Chaenomeles 'Orange Storm' Chaenomeles 'Orange Storm'
Lucy Bradley, CC BY-NC - 4.0