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Common name: Chinese QuinceAspect: TolerantSize: LargeDelivery: Collection from the car park onlyImage: WTGNSeason: SpringColour: PinkSoil: Moist and well drainedType: Shrub
Chinese quince. A rare form of 'Japanese flowering quince', which is in fact native to China, Bhutan and Burma. Forms a deciduous shrub with an open habit, sparsely branched and more or less thorny. The branches are tortuous, with occaisonal spurs several inches long. In this respect you could argue that Chaenomeles forms an 'untidy' plant, but that would belie its many very fine ornamntal features. Whilst Chaenomeles is traditionally grown against a sunny wall, a perfectly reasonabl approach, they are also equally effective as free standing specimens, especially when given enough space and time to fully mature, at which point both the spring flowering and the late summer fruiting will make a truly show-stopping talking point in the garden.
The leaves of chaenomeles cathayensis are finely toothed, reddish downy beneath and mid green. Flowers which form on wood at least one year old occur in charming clusters and are white flushed with pink. The fact the flowers form on older wood means that pruning should be both careful and sparse. By all means cut out some undesired wood after flowering each year, but if you chop the whole plant back hard after flowering you will get very few flowers the following year but masses the year after. Equally ornamental and indeed arguably the crowing glory of this fine and all too rare plant are the edible fruits which are very large indeed, possibly up to 150mm in length, and glorious to cook with!. Chaenomeles cathayensis is fully hardy and tolerant of sun or shade. Final height will be in the region of 2-4m.
We are a small and very busy working nursery and we do not have the capacity to continually update pot size information on our web shop as we are continually propagating and potting plants up. Therefore any one plant type may be in different pot sizes at different times of year. However, we hope the following notes will be useful
1. We do not sell any plants in 'plug' sizes - all our plants are of a size that is appropriate for planting out in the garden.
2. Early in the year herbaceous perennials may be in 9cm (1/2 litre) or one litre pots. As we enter summer a lot of herbaceous perennials move on to 2 litre, 3 litre and occasionally 4 or even 5 litre pots.
3. Shrubs are generally in 2 litre pots at minimum, moving up to 3, 4 and 5 litres as appropriate, occasionally 7.5 litres or even 10 litres
4. Our smallest trees may be in 3 litre pots but are generally in 7.5 to 10 litre pots, some moving on to 15 litres and occasionally 20 litres
5. Flowering dogwoods, one of our specialities, are in pots ranging from 7.5 litres to 15 or occasionally 20 litre pots.
If you want to know the specific pots size of a plant please use the 'contact us' feature on the web shop, or call us on 01953 488163, although as we spend so much time on the nursery...you guessed it... propagating and potting up plants you may need to leave a message which we will endeavour to answer the same day.
Our minimum charge for sending plants by overnight courier is £9.95 which will cover the cost of up to 10 small plants, for example herbaceous perennials. This is an overnight service from when your plants leave the nursery which is normally Thursday, to arrive Friday - all ready for a great weekend in the garden.
The amount charged is calculated on the notional weight of plants, and you will find that a number of small plants, for example herbaceous perennials in 9cm, one litre or even two litre pots, can be bought for the same £9.95 shipping charge.
Adding additional plants to your order will progressively, but moderately, increase the shipping charge, but this is made entirely explicit in your shopping basket, where you can add or remove items and watch how the shipping charge alters accordingly. The maximum charge for delivery is £18.95 which would cover an unlimited number of plants.
Due to the fact that, including the cost of the boxes and so on, we pay considerably more than £9.95 for each shipment, our delivery charges are in effect subsidised by us. For that reason we have to ask for a minimum purchase of £25 before delivery in order minimise our losses.
For shipping to remoter addresses, for examples Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland and so on, please contact us and we will be able to provide you with a quotation.