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Flowering Quince, Toyo-nishiki Flowering Quince
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Noted for its early spring clusters of bowl-shaped flowers in white, coral-pink and light pink, 'Toyo-nishiki' is considered one of the prettiest flowering quinces for the garden. Its buds and blossoms cover the plant while the oval, teethed, green leaves emerge on the zig-zagged, thorny branches. Fragrant yellow, apple-shaped fruits ripen in the fall and are cooked for preserves and jellies, but are not eaten fresh.
Though it grows and flowers best in full sun and well-drained, acidic-to-neutral soils, 'Toyo-nishiki' is an indestructible shrub that tolerates a wide range of conditions including partial shade and mild alkalinity. It flowers most heavily in areas that experience some winter cold. Its broad-spreading form and spiny branches make this flowering quince useful for hedges or screening. It combines well with other early-bloomers such as forsythias and scillas. Cut branches can be forced into bloom in late winter.
Even though the small fruits are edible when cooked, they are best left on the plant for their ornamental appeal, prolonging the interest of this shrub grown mainly for its beauty.
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
5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
Early Spring, Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
White, Red, Pink, Coral
Green, Dark Green
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border
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