One of the first shrubs to bloom, Flowering Quince heralds the coming of spring when bright fresh flowers dot bare gray branches. Chaenomeles (ky-anom-aleez) branches are often cut and used in arrangements to celebrate the Lunar New Year, red flowers being the color of choice for such events.

Chaenomeles flowers last well into April and can appear sporadically through summer. Leaves are long and green with slightly curled edges.

Fruits resembling small bumpy apples develop in autumn, and while edible, they are very astringent but with enough sugar and they are palatable. This is not the quince typically used for jelly: although both are members of the rose family, fruiting quince grows on trees and tastes quite different. (Download our brochure on Fruiting Quince.)

Portland Nursery carries many different varieties of Flowering Quince. Here are some of our favorites:

Chaenomeles 'Contorta'
Chaenomeles ‘Contorta’

Chaenomeles ‘Contorta’

Pale pink buds open to white single flowers. Branches twist and turn, and so do leaves and thorns!

Grows to 2-3’ tall and wider. Contorted Quince makes an interesting bonsai specimen as well.

Chaenomeles 'Scarlet Storm'
Chaenomeles Double Take Scarlet
Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.

Chaenomeles Storm Series

The Storm series is a line of Chaenomeles with orange, red or pink double flowers. In flowers, ‘double’ means a lot of petals. They are thornless and don't produce fruit.

Grows 4-5', sun-part shade, Z5

Chaenomeles ‘Orange Delight’

Deep orange single flowers. Grows 2-3’ tall x 2-3' wide.

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'Orange Delight'
'Pink Lady'
Chaenomeles ‘Pink Lady’

Chaenomeles ‘Pink Lady’

Aptly-named for prett pink flowers.

Grows to 4’ tall & 6’ wide. Allow plenty of space!

'Toyo Nishiki'
Chaenomeles ‘Toyo Nishiki’

Chaenomeles ‘Toyo Nishiki’

Ooh-la-la! Individual flowers can be pink, red or white or a combination of all colors, blooming all along the same branch.

Tall shrub, 6-10’.