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CHAENOMELES 'Orange Delight'

Image of Chaenomeles 'Orange Delight'

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

CHAENOMELES 'Orange Delight'

Plant Common Name

Flowering Quince, Orange Delight Flowering Quince

General Description

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.

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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No