Chaenomeles speciosa - 'Moerloosei' (Japanese Quince)
Chaenomeles speciosa Description
This deciduous shrub is something of a grannies favourite, this variety produces masses of apple white spring blossom, followed by large yellow fruit. Vicious spines will keep unwanted visitors out - as will rapid unmanageable growth. 1.5m tall x3m.
Chaenomeles speciosa - Cultivation Notes
This tough shrub will flourish in the worst of garden soils whether positioned in full sun or partial shade and is hardy to point of almost being un stoppable. But be warned - its scraggly habit means Quince needs pruning - spines or not! Trim to shape after flowering, reducing last years growth by half, only cut back old wood if becoming overgrown / leggy. Ideal as a wall shrub.
Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage
Strengths of Chaenomeles speciosa:
Weaknesses of Chaenomeles speciosa
- Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
- All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
- Fruit / berry producing
- Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
- Tolerates cold exposed locations
- Tolerates heavy clay soils
Design & Plant Use for Chaenomeles speciosa:
- Invasive top growth
- Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
- Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils