Chaenomeles x superba 'Crimson and Gold'

Crimson and Gold Flowering Quince

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Crimson and Gold Flowering Quince is a dense, small deciduous shrub with a rounded habit.  The foliage emerges red on thorny stems and matures to a glossy dark green.  Small red flowers with a yellow eye bloom heavily in early spring before the foliage comes in attracting butterflies. The fruits are showy yellow pomes in fall but can be messy on lawns or walkways.  Prefers full sun and rich well-drained soil.  The fruits and berries are bitter fresh but make good preservatives.  Drought tolerant once established.

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

4’ - 5’

Spread: 

4’ - 5’

Spacing: 

4’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9

Culture: 

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom Color: 

Red

Season of Interest: 

Spring, Fall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Blooms on old wood- prune to shade as needed after spring blooms.  Remove suckers to prevent spreading.  potential issues include leaf spot, fireblight, scab, and aphids.

 LANDSCAPE USES:  Specimen or Groups plantings, Borders, Woodland Gardens, Naturalized Areas, Wildlife Gardens, Containers, Urban planting

COMPANION PLANTS:  Lenten Rose, Fountain Grass, Wintercreeper

Image: Leonora Enking from West Sussex, England, Chaenomeles 'Crimson and Gold' (5547660183)CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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