3 Litre Pot
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Average
- Flowering Period: Spring
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Eventual Height: 1.5m
- Eventual Spread: 2m
Chaenomeles Speciosa Kinshiden, often referred to as the ‘Japanese Flowering Quince’ is an upright, thorny, deciduous garden shrub, the small obovate mid-green foliage provides a wonderful contrasting backdrop to it’s clusters of double, lemon-white scented flowers, a welcoming site to the garden after the Winter months, these nectar rich flowers, an excellent pollinator provide a much needed early feed to the many beneficial insects visiting our gardens. As the flowers begin to fade, they are replaced by the aromatic, egg-shaped, edible green fruits, becoming a golden yellow as they ripen towards the Autumn, although very bitter if eaten straight from the plant, once cooked they make a very tasty preserve or jelly. Often seen growing against a wall or fence to brighten up that typically dull area in the garden, the spiny stems of the Chaenomeles Kinshiden when grown as an informal hedge make a very effective deterrent to any unwanted visitors to the garden.
Looking After Your Chaenomeles Speciosa Kinshiden
Generally pest and disease free, although may be affected by Scale insects/aphids, an easy to grow ornamental, flowering shrub in many if not all locations. A low maintenance deciduous shrub which can benefit from a sunny or partially shaded area in all types of garden, from the more informal cottage planting scheme to courtyard or town gardens, the sunnier the aspect the more abundant the flowers. Plant in fertile, moist, but well drained soil, applying a good quality general purpose fertilizer early Spring, to promote strong, fresh, new growth in the coming season. Any light pruning to keep tidy and shape should be done after flowering, although any hard pruning to remove any damaged or unwanted branches needs to be done in the Winter months whilst still in the dormant season, removing them completely and close to the trunk.