Flowering quince

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei'

Flowering quince - Chaenomeles speciosa  'Moerloosei'

Common Name: Flowering quince
Genus: Chaenomeles
Species: speciosa
Cultivar: 'Moerloosei'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.50 m (250 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, White
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.

'Moerloosei' is later flowering than other varieties and has cup-shaped white flowers flushed pink from March to May followed by aromatic greenish-yellow fruit. This vigorous deciduous quince makes an attractive informal hedge for a sunny or partly shady site with moderately fertile well-drained soil and looks stunning trained against a wall. 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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