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What’s in Bloom: Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Red’ and ‘Super Red’)

Buy flowering quince at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroFlowering quince is one of the earliest spring blooming shrubs. Its dense and thorny branching makes it a favorite thicket for small songbirds. The leaves and flowers emerge together as one of the first signs of spring, small yellow fruits form by summer. These shrubs reach 6-10 feet tall and wide while non-descript through most of the year, this is the best time to enjoy them. They prefer slightly acidic soil and are moderately drought tolerant once established.

Flowering quince’s branches make an excellent forced winter branch display for the impatient gardener. Prune branches while still in bud and bring indoors. Once the branches acclimate to your home they will burst into bloom.

Hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.