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Common name: Flowering Quince, JaponicaType: ShrubAspect: TolerantColour: WhiteSeason: SpringSoil: Well-drainedSize: MediumDelivery: Mail order or collect in personImage: WTGN
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Upright, twiggy shrub, with glossy leaves hairy stems and indefinite extent. Masses of small white flowers in spring. Happy in sun or partial shade and in any reasonably fertile soil that has some moisture but also does not remain waterlogged in winter - 'moist and well drained' in other words!. Fully hardy. H: 2m
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 to Great Britain by Sir Josesph. Banks to what was to become the Royal Botanic Garden Kew in 1796, and for many years has been one of the best-known and most admired of hardy shrubs.