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CHAENOMELES x superba 'Crimson Beauty'
Hybrid Flowering Quince
The old-fashioned hybrid flowering quince, 'Crimson Beauty', was selected in 1935 at Milton Nursery in Oregon and bears masses of single and semi-double, crimson flowers in spring. 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).
Clusters of bowl-shaped flowers cover this quince in early spring both before and after the glossy leaves emerge. The single and semi-double blossoms are bright crimson 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 - 5
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
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Green, Dark Green
Cutflower, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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