Chaenomeles x superba is a hybrid flowering quince that is valued for its early-blooming, showy flowers and its hardiness. The plant produces cup-shaped flowers in shades of red, pink, or orange that bloom in late winter or early spring before the leaves emerge. The flowers are followed by small, apple-like fruits that are edible when cooked. Chaenomeles x superba is an excellent choice for adding early season color and interest to a mixed border or as a specimen plant. The plant is relatively low-maintenance and disease-resistant, making it a popular choice among gardeners. It can be pruned after flowering to promote healthy growth and maintain its shape. The shrub can also be propagated by softwood or hardwood cuttings.
- Common Name(s):Japanese quince ‘Crimson and Gold’
- Hardiness:Fully hardy
- How big will I get? Chaenomeles x superba ‘Crimson and Gold’ can grow to a height of 1.5m and a spread of 2.5m.
- Did You Know That:The wood of Chaenomeles x superba is hard and dense, and it has been used for making woodcuts and woodblocks for printing?
A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.
Chaenomeles x superba ‘Crimson and Gold’ is a versatile plant and can cope with wet or drier soils, but prefers there to be decent drainage. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.
Chaenomeles x superba ‘Crimson and Gold’ can handle either an exposed or a sheltered position and can cope with either full sun or partial shade.
Chaenomeles x superba ‘Crimson and Gold’ should be pruned after it has finished flowering. Side shoots should be cut back to around 5 or 6 leaves and any crossing stems can be removed completely. Please bare in mind that any flowered stems removed will not go on to produce fruit.
Pest, Diseases and Wildlife
Chaenomeles x superba ‘Crimson and Gold’ can have problems with scale insects and aphids, it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as fireblight and blossom wilt. It is also known to attract bees. It is not considered to be toxic.