Thorny shrub with glossy green leaves. Creamy-pink flowers emerge from pink buds in spring on older wood, followed by large yellow-flushed red fruit in late summer - perfect for jelly-making. Fully hardy and equally content in full sun or even quite pronounced shade.
Trim back to shape after flowering but avoid heavy pruning if possible as Chaenomeles flowers on older wood, and most heavily on two year old wood. Heavy pruning therefore may mean a relatively colourless following flowering season, although this can stimulate very heavy flowering on the oldest wood remaining.
The parent species is a native of China, long cultivated in Japan and was introduced by Sir Josesph. Banks to Royal Botanic Garden Kew in 1796, and for many years now one has been of the best-known and most admired of hardy shrubs.
Chaenomeles speciosa Moerloosei grows readily to 1m to 2m but can grower significantly higher if allowed, for example, neatly trained to tall southerly wall..