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CHAENOMELES japonica 'Orange Beauty'

Image of Chaenomeles japonica 'Orange Beauty'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

CHAENOMELES japonica 'Orange Beauty'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Flowering Quince, Maule's Flowering Quince, Orange Beauty Flowering Quince

General Description

The smallest of the flowering quinces, Chaenomeles japonica is a low, spreading, spiny deciduous shrub native to Japan. The cultivar 'Orange Beauty' bears masses of bright orange flowers as its glossy leaves emerge in early spring. Small, fragrant, greenish yellow, apple-shaped fruits with a red blush ripen in fall and can be used for preserves and jellies.

Japanese flowering quince is adaptable to a wide range of soils and flowers best in full sun, although it can also be grown in part shade. Use it in the foundation planting or shrub border or as a low thorny hedge.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Orange, Orange Red

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Red

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Bicolor, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No