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Chaenomeles x superba Red Joy


Japanese Quince, Flowering Quince

Double red flowers from Feb to May

A vigorous variety that produces magnificent, dramatic red double flowers in the spring followed later by glossy green foliage and finally by fragrant edible fruits in the autumn.


Spiny and spreading in nature it can be grown against a wall, on a bank or as part of a border. It flowers and fruits best in the sun but will also tolerate the shade.


Hardy in all but the coldest weather it should be fine in most moderately fertile, well drained soils.

Native to Japan, China, Bhutan and Burma, UK gardeners tend to grow Chaenomeles for their flowers. However their fruits can be used to make preserves and liqueurs.

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 165 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 205 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

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 Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From March to September