Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm' Chaenomeles speciosa 'Scarlet Storm' PP20,951
- Common Name(s):
- Double take scarlet storm flowering quince, Scarlet storm flowering quince, Scarlet storm quince
- 'Scarlet Storm', Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm'
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.
- 4-5 feet
- Oval to oblong, glossy dark green leaves. No fall color.
- 2 - 2.5 inches in diameter, dark scarlet red, velvety double flowers that resemble camellias with 17 to 25 petals per flower. Flowers emerge early spring before leaves and extend to the tips of branches. Branches may be clipped and forced for winter bloom. Blooms on old wood so do not over prune in the spring.
- Full sun to partial shade though will flower best in the 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. Established plants will tolerate dry soils. Does well in high erosion areas like slopes. Flower buds are susceptible to damage from early spring frosts so a protected site is ideal. In warmer areas, some afternoon shade will help flowers last longer.
- Dense, broad, rounded
- 5-6 feet
NCCES plant id: 3104