Chaenomeles Orange Trail (Chaenomeles X superba Orange Trail) Flowering or Ornamental Quince.
A vigorous and bushy shrub, developing quickly in reasonable soil but seldom attaining more than 100cm in height. The bare prickly branches of Chaenomeles Orange Trail are clothed in bright reddish-orange flowers studded with bright yellow anthers from March onwards bringing a welcome splash of colour to the garden early in the season. The deep green slightly serrated leaves emerge part way through the flower display which continues until May. Later in the season the greenish-yellow ornamental quinces develop and become more conspicuous and are ripoe by Autumn. Although they are not edible straight from the bush, after cooking they may be used for a variety of purposes including jellies, preserves and teas.
Chaenomeles Orange Trail is an easy plant to grow, they succeed in any soil that isnt boggy and will tolerate sun or shade (although they are much more floriferous in full sun). Grow them in a shrub border or trained against a wall if you are short of space – in fact anywhere that would benefit from a good splash of colour durung the Spring months.
Like all Chaenomeles varieties, Orange Trail makes a great little thorny hedging plant, set the young shrubs at 3-4 plants per metre and with a little formative trimming (simply clip the sides and shorten any very long top growths) an effective flowering barrier of 80-100cm may be achieved within a few seasons. Chaenomeles Orange Trail grows naturally taller than wide giving this handy little shrub potential as a prickly ground cover plant for difficult areas, and for keeping out unwanted visitors from your plot.
How to grow Chaenomeles Orange Trail
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.
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