Chaenomeles spp.) Don't confuse these old-fashioned shrubs with true quince. (Cydonia oblonga) Although they are distant cousins of the regular quince trees, they do NOT cross-pollinate with them. If, like many gardeners, you have one flowering quince planted for it's ornamental appeal. You will likely never notice anything remotely edible, but add a second variety and both begin bearing greenish-yellow oblong fruit. Although rock-hard and sour, they have a pleasant citrus aroma and can be processed just like regular quince for syrups, sauces and jellies or as a lemon substitute. With high Vitamin C and anti-oxidant content, the list of alleged health benefits is lengthy. Flowering Quince are also wonderful bee plants with their profuse, prolonged, early spring bloom.

Flowering Quince : TEXAS SCARLET


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(Chaenomeles x superba)
Texas Scarlet is considered the best of the red Flowering Quinces. The name has little to do with it's origin as this particular branch of the Chaenomeles family is a cross of Chinese and Japanese plants. Bountiful, brilliant scarlet-red, buttercup-like blossoms develop into the greenish fruit with many culinary uses. Glossy, green leaves cover the spiny, arching branches of this low, compact shrub. Although it is adaptable enough to thrive in full shade, you will get better blooming in a sunny spot.
Mature size is approx. 100cm (3-4') high and 120cm (4-5') wide.



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