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A picture of a Quince


Chaenomeles spp.

Also known as

Japonica, Japanese quince, Flowering quince

Chaenomeles, 2014 by Roozitaa (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size






7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Quince

A close up of some pink white Chaenomeles flowers
A photo of Quince
A photo of Quince
A close up of some pink green Chaenomeles fruit
A photo of Quince

Quince Overview

Chaenomeles is a genus containing 3 species of spiny, deciduous shrubs in the rose family, Rosaceae. They bear attractive pink, red or white 5-petalled flowers in clusters, measuring 3-4.5cm wide. Flowering occurs late winter to early spring and the fruits ripen in late autumn. Leaves are simple and serrated along the edges. They originate from areas in Japan, Korea, China, Bhutan and Burma and they are popular ornamental shrub species in Europe and North America. Many cultivars have been developed.

Common problems with Quince

How to propagate Quince


Semi-hardwood cuttings.


Suckering in the summer.


Seed in the autumn.

Special features of Quince

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Quince

Grown for their showy flowers and fragrant fruits, used for preserves.

Spring Flowering Garden Shrubs

These spring flowering shrubs are great additions, providing pollinators with habitat, shelter and food.

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