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Chaenomeles speciosa 'Double Take™ Peach'

Common Name(s):
Double take peach flowering quince
Cultivar(s):
'Double Take Peach'
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

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 'Double Take Peach’ 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, planted on a slope, or in a cottage garden. 

Large, light 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. 

 

Height:
4-5 feet
Foliage:
Oval to oblong, glossy dark green leaves. No fall color. Prune after flowering.
Flower:
Soft double peachy-pink flowers. Deadheading is not necessary. Blooms on old wood so do not over prune in the spring. Thornless.
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Upright
Site:
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 higher erosion areas like slopes. In warmer areas, some afternoon shade will help flowers last longer. Space plants 5 to 6 feet apart. The plant is resistant to deer.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Dense, broad, rounded
Width:
4-5 feet
Tags:
kid friendly, heat tolerant, slope, deciduous, drought tolerant, cut flower, specimen, hedge, deer resistant, pollinators, thornless, cottage garden, pet friendly, accent, clay soil

NCCES plant id: 3107