Chaenomeles Hedging Plants and Shrubs. (Flowering Quince)
The Flowering Quince is a popular, hardy and reliable Spring flowering shrub. These easy to grow shrubs start to flower on their bare prickly branches at the beginning of March (before most spring bulbs) bringing a welcome early splash of colour to the garden. The flowers continue until May by which time the deep green slightly serrated foliage have appeared too. Later in the season the yellow-green ornamental quinces start to develop and become more conspicuous as Autumn approaches, by this time they are fragrant and ripe (They have many uses in the kitchen but need to be cooked first before they are edible).
Chaenomeles is an easy shrub to grow, no particular requirements beyond a dislike of very wet soil. Grow them in a sunny spot for the best display of flowers but they will grow just as well in moderate shade.
Flowering Quince is a good addition to a mixed bed, they look great underplanted with bulbs, if space is short the Chaenomeles is a superb wall plant (sunny or otherwise) and with a spreading bushy habit of growth they lend themselves to being great hedging plants, or even prickly ground cover.
We sell a range of varieties in different flower colours, all are equally easy to grow and will naturally make a mounded bushy shrub of 100cm in height and up to 150cm wide if left untrimmed.
How to grow Chaenomeles
Position: Grows in full sun, partial shade.
Foliage: Deciduous, leaves drop in Autumn and are replaced with fresh new ones in Spring.
Soil and site: Any reasonable soil.
Flowering time: March-May
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 100cm high x 150cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Prune or trim as required after flowering.
Types of Chaenomeles Hedging