Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Mary S. Thomas
CHAENOMELES x superba 'Crimson and Gold'
Crimson and Gold Flowering Quince, Hybrid Flowering Quince
The very compact and fast growing hybrid flowering quince, 'Crimson and Gold', offers loads of deepest crimson, bowl-shaped flowers with conspicuous golden yellow anthers inside. This deciduous shrub is most attractive when in bloom but does produce some marginally attractive yellow fruits in fall. Many favor hybrid flowering quince because it combines the most desirable features of its parent species, common flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) and Japanese flowering quince (C. japonica). 'Crimson and Gold' is a short, densely branched selection ideal for low hedges and foundation plantings.
Clusters of bowl-shaped flowers cover this quince in early spring both before and after the glossy leaves emerge. The single blossoms are deep red and attract bees and other early insect pollinators. 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.
The tough and adaptable hybrid flowering quince accepts a wide range of growing conditions but grows best in full sun and well-drained, acid to neutral loam. Periods of winter cold are needed for good flowering and fruit set. Spring buds are often damaged by cold in its northernmost zones.
This fine landscape shrub combines well with other early-bloomers, such as forsythias and early bulbs.
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
Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter
Hybrid Origin, Japan
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Red, Gold, Dark Red
Yellow, Yellow Green
Green, Dark Green
Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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