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Chaenomeles sp., Flowering quince, Dwarf quince

Chaenomeles sp.

Flowering quince, Dwarf quince
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: eastern Asia
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdible

This group consists of three hardy, deciduous shrubs from eastern Asia, commonly known as Flowering Quinces. These thorny shrubs are suitable for growing against walls, in borders and standing alone. Flowering Quinces are easily grown and are valued for their saucer-shaped blossoms, which may be red, pink, orange, or white and are followed by large, fragrant fruits. Flowering Quinces can be grown in shady areas, though they flower best in sunny positions. They can be grown in well-drained, friable soil.

The fruit is apple-shaped and about 4cm in diameter.

Very harsh and acid raw but fragrant when cooked, imparting a strong pleasant flavour to jams and jellies.

The rich aromatic juice, as tart as a lemon, is squeezed and used for culinary purposes.

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