This compact, deciduous Japanese Quince – Chaenomeles speciosa Scarlet Storm – is a spreading shrub, with spiny branches bearing glossy, ovate leaves. In late winter to early spring it produces cup-shaped flowers with ruffled scarlet petals and a beautiful yellow eye. The aromatic, green-yellow fruit that follows in late summer is traditionally used to make preserves and jellies.
There are notable advantages: Chaenomeles is ideal for a small garden, the flowering stems make dramatic, indoor flower arrangements, characteristic of ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), and the flowers attract pollinating insects at a crucially early point.
Pot Size: 3L
Common Name: Japanese Quince
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height and Spread: 1.5m x 5m, over 20 years
Preferred Soil Type: Any well drained or moist but well drained soil
Aspect: Full sun / partial shade
Position: North, east or west facing, sheltered
Flowering Period: Late summer to early spring