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Flowering Quince- Review of New Varieities

Posted by Angela Jackson

Flowering Quince- Review of New Varieities

Add color to a spring garden with a modern variety of a classic plant

It is the middle of March in my St. Louis area garden and signs of spring starting to emerge.  Hellebores have been blooming for weeks and my neighbor’s October Glory maple tree buds have taken on a beautiful red color.  I planted red and orange flower quince of the Proven Winners Double TakeTM  Series (Chaenomeles speciosa) to add to my garden’s spring color pallet.  Although the buds are very tight yet this spring, I know the double, velvety rich color flowers will be brightening our cool spring days very soon.

Their compact habit has made them perfect for my landscape’s limited size.  I trim them lightly during the summer growing season to keep them an average 18” size.  Unlike the quince of old, this series is thornless and sterile so they are easy to work with and there is no fruit to clean up.  They are drought resistant once established.  The dark glossy leaf looks good all summer long.

 Double Take ‘Scarlet Storm’ (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ PPAF)

Double Take ‘Scarlet Storm’ (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ PPAF)

  • Big, dark red, velvety double flowers.
  • 17 to 25 petals per flower.
  • Unlike many flowering quinces, tends to have flowers all the way out to the tips of its branches.
  • Occasional repeat blooms.

Double Take ‘Pink Storm’ (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Pink Storm’ PPAF)

 

Double Take ‘Pink Storm’ (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Pink Storm’ PPAF)

  • Large double flowers, 2-inches in diameter.
  • 29-40 petals per flower.
  • Salmon or coral colored flower.
  • Flowers resemble sweetheart roses.

 Double Take ‘Orange Storm’ (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Orange Storm’ PPAF)

Double Take ‘Orange Storm’ (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Orange Storm’ PPAF)

  • Big, bright orange camellia-like blooms.
  • Double flowers with 31-49 petals per flower.
  • Occasional repeat blooms.

It is a great plant to force the cut branches for indoor flower arranging.

 

 

 

 

 

flowering quince

Key features of Double Take™ series:

  • Flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa)
  • Early spring color (February - April).
  • Thornless – No more pricked fingers.
  • Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 8.
  • Part sun to full sun.
  • Low maintenance – drought tolerant when established.
  • Fruitless – No more dropped fruit requiring clean up.
  • Size: 3 to 4 feet tall – fits gardens large & small.

This series was developed by Dr. Tom Rainey, professor of horticultural science at North Carolina State University.

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