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Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
CHAENOMELES 'Orange Delight'
Flowering Quince, Orange Delight Flowering Quince
In late winter and early spring the hybrid flowering quince, 'Orange Delight', displays vibrant orange-red flowers that attract early-season bees. This medium-sized shrub has a rounded to spreading habit and dense, thorny twigs that make it useful for protective hedges or screens.
Clusters of semi-double, bowl-shaped flowers cover this quince in early spring both before and after the glossy leaves emerge. The simple leaves emerge slightly bronze in spring and turn dark green as the season progresses. Edible, yellow-green, apple-shaped fruits ripen in the fall and may be made into preserves or jelly. Birds also enjoy the fruits.
A tough and adaptable hybrid flowering quince, 'Orange Delight' will tolerate a wide range of growing conditions but grows best in full sun and well-drained, acid to neutral soil. Periods of winter cold are needed for good flowering and fruit set. This fine landscape shrub combines well with other early-bloomers, such as forsythias and early Narcissus.
9 - 1
5 - 9
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m
Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Orange, Orange Red
Green, Dark Green
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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