Flowering quince

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl'

Flowering quince - Chaenomeles speciosa  'Geisha Girl'

Common Name: Flowering quince
Genus: Chaenomeles
Species: speciosa
Cultivar: 'Geisha Girl'

Category: Climbers & Wall Shrubs
Form: Shrub/Wall shrub
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Edible fruit, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: March to May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Ornamental quinces bring a welcome flush of colour to the garden in spring when their bare twigs are smothered in flowers before the glossy dark green leaves appear. 'Geisha Girl' is later flowering than other varieties and has double deep apricot-pink flowers from March to May followed by aromatic greenish-yellow fruit. This deciduous shrub looks lovely in the middle of a mixed border or trained as a specimen against a wall. More compact than other varieties, it flowers best in moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun. The fruit can be eaten when cooked.

Garden Care: After flowering prune side-shoots to five or six leaves and remove crossing stems. Once established take out excess growth in late spring or summer and cut back all side-shoots to two or three leaves.

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