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Chaenomeles x superba Crimson and Gold


Japanese Quince, Flowering Quince

Bright red flowers with yellow centres from March to May

A popular, compact, Japanese quince that’s great for adding colour to your garden in early spring when deep crimson flowers with golden stamens appear on its bare branches. Later in the year it has glossy leaves and an abundance of fragrant yellow fruits.


Flowers best in the sun but will also tolerate shade, its compact nature makes it excellent for growing against small walls, fences or underneath windows.


This variety is very hardy and will do well in most well drained soil.

Ideal for the smaller gardens, it is a particularly compact variety. The fruit can be eaten when cooked or made into jelly.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Climber, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 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 March to September