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CHAENOMELES japonica 'Rubra'

Image of Chaenomeles japonica 'Rubra'

James Burghardt

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

CHAENOMELES japonica 'Rubra'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Flowering Quince, Maule's Flowering Quince, Red Japanese Flowering Quince

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General Description

‘Rubra’ Japanese flowering quince is a cultivar of the popular shrub that originated in Japan. This low-growing variety blooms profusely in the spring with clusters of crimson flowers both before and after the leaves come out. Small, fragrant, greenish yellow, apple-shaped fruits with a red blush ripen in the fall and can be used for preserves and jellies. Its broad-spreading form and thorny branches make ‘Rubra’ Japanese flowering quince useful for hedges. It is adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions, including mildly alkaline soils, and it flowers best in full sun, although it can also be grown in part shade.

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

    0'-0' / 0.0m - 0.0m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Crimson

  • 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

    Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No