Fully hardy large multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Heart-shaped mid-green leaves, and clusters of pure white flowers on more mature stems and limbs in spring. Tolerates most conditions, including full sun through to light shade. Rare in the UK, but very garden-worthy. H: 3-5m
Chinese quince. A rare form of 'Japanese flowering quince', native to China. A deciduous shrub with an open habit, sparsely branched and somewhat thorny. The branches are tortuous, with occaisonal spurs several inches long. The leaves are finely toothed, reddish downy beneath and mid green. Flowers occur in clusters and are white flushed with pink. The edible fruit are very large and glorious to cook with!. Fully hardy and tolerant of sun or shade. Final height 2-4m.
Thorny shrub with glossy green leaves. Creamy-pink flowers emerge from pink buds in spring on older wood, fading to a rich, deep pink ,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. H:1-2m.
A rare and much sought after variety of flowering quince. Flowers open pale lemony-lime and fade to white. Medium sized shrub, which can be usefuly trained to scramble up a wall. Enjoys partial shade or full sun. H: 2m
Spreading deciduous shrub with spiny branches and glossy dark green leaves. Dark pink cup shaped flowers develop in early spring on bare stems. In late summer, large yellow fruits develop that can be used to make very tasty jelly, much like the Cydonia quince. Fully hardy. Very tolerant but prefers well-drained, fertile and moisture-retentive soil in sun or light shade. AGM
A most elegant and rare shrub , potentially a small tree, from the Far East, bearing massses delicate sprays of fragrant white flowers in early summer. Fringe trees grow best in quite sheltered positions on reliably moist an reasonably rich soil, so improve with well rotted garden compost before planting. Fully hardy.
Glossy evergreen medium-sized shrub. Fragrant white flowers in late spring and in summer/autumn. Ideal for a sunny corner. Frost hardy. Well-drained soils in full sun will give the best results. Protect from cold winds by planting in south or south-west facing positions. H:2.5m. AGM
Compact, evergreen shrub, with fragrant white flowers from pink buds in late spring and, after a warm summer, in autumn as well. Ideal for a sunny corner. Hardy. Well-drained soil. Sun. H:1 to 2.5m. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit
Hardy evergreen shrub, well suited to full sun and well drained soils. Velvety grey-green foliage which has a strong lemon scent when touched and masses of pink flowers with prominent golden stamens in early summer. Trim lightly after flowering. Fully hardy. H:1m