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Ja­panese quince (Chaenome­les)

These or­na­men­tal shrubs with spiny branches are often grown as wall shrubs and are re­ally use­ful for bright­en­ing up shady spots with their red, pink and or­ange blooms.

The flow­ers un­furl on bare branches in Fe­bru­ary and are great for cut­ting and for Ja­panese plant­ing schemes. Pale­flow­er­ing cul­ti­vars blend bet­ter with other shrubs, while the more vivid types are more suited to walls. Some early va­ri­eties have yel­low­ing fruits in au­tumn. Chaenome­les speciosa ‘Mo­er­loo­sei’ is among the best, pro­duc­ing beau­ti­ful ap­ple-blos­som flow­ers in early spring.

These hardy shrubs will thrive in most soils and are easy to grow, but they do need cut­ting back im­me­di­ately af­ter flow­er­ing to stop them be­com­ing un­tidy.

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