Flowering quince

Chaenomeles  × superba ‘Texas Scarlet’

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Flowering quince (Chaenomeles  × superba ‘Texas Scarlet’)
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Synonyms:  C. japonica × C. speciosa
Genus:  Chaenomeles
One look at ‘Texas Scarlet’ flowering quince in bloom and most gardeners are instantly sold. Though the display only lasts a week or two in early spring, the sight of the tomato-red flowers is unforgettable. During the rest of the season, ‘Texas Scarlet’ remains a wave of glossy green leaves that reaches 2 to 3 feet tall in the toughest of conditions.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Compact and spreading. Many tomato-red flowers. Great plant for slopes. Green fruit, ripening to yellow, is edible when cooked.
Care:  ‘Texas Scarlet’ is an easy plant to establish in full sun to partial shade. In warm and rainy years, however, the leaves may succumb to a fungus that spreads by splashing water and causes leaf spot and possible defoliation by late summer. Cleaning up the fallen leaves is the best way to alleviate future infestations.
Propagation:  In autumn, sow seed in containers in an open frame or seedbed. Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or layer in autumn.
Problems:  Fireblight, canker, rust, apple mosaic virus, scale insects, leaf spot, defoliation.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Flowering Tree,
Ground Covers,
Screening,
Slopes and Hillsides
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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