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Chaenomeles speciosa Geisha Girl


Japanese Quince, Flowering Quince

Deep apricot pink flowers in spring

A compact Quince that adds a splash of colour in spring thanks to its salmon and apricot coloured flowers, accompanied later in the season by glossy foliage and eventually fragrant edible fruits.


Train it to grow against a wall or alternatively as part of a mixed border. Flowers best in the sun, but can also stand a bit of shade.


It should be lightly pruned in the spring or early summer and is fully hardy so should survive the worst of the weather.

There are 74 varieties of Chaenomeles, ‘Geisha Girl’ is highly recommended and has an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Climber, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Garden edging

Typically available

From April to September