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Chaenomeles 'Toyo Nishiki'

Chaenomeles 'Toyo Nishiki'
flowering quince
Common name flowering quince
Family rosaceae
Life cycle shrub
Flowers cream and rose (early spring)
Light sun-part shade
Seed ripensmid-October

We got this originally by mail order from Forest Farm, and since then it's been moved twice, and browsed by rabbits a good number of times. Still, it's going strong, and has bloomed for us every year. Now, it's hopefully in its final position, nestled in a corner of the side garden, where we can admire the blossoms up close. Over the past few years, it has grown to a sizable shrub, with the typical angular branch patterns of the apple clan.
We also have a flowering quince growing on the berm in the back of our yard. Its flowers are a striking red; I don't recall how or when we acquired it.
In all, these flowering quinces are among our favorite flowering bushes of early spring.

Chaenomeles 'Toyo Nishiki'
buds on the berm specimen...
flowering quince
...which when opened look their best in late-afternoon sun
Chaenomeles 'Toyo Nishiki'
Fruit from 'Toyo Nishiki'. It smells lovely, but doesn't taste so good

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 garden, collected from a 'Toyo Nishiki' fruit. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (90%G, 3-10d)

Fast-growing seedlings.

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