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Chaenomeles × superba ‘Texas Scarlet’ (Flowering quince)

Chaenomeles × superba ‘Texas Scarlet’ Photo/Illustration: Image Botanica


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Chaenomeles × superba ‘Texas Scarlet’ key-NOM-el-eez ex soo-PER-bah Common Name: Flowering quince 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.
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, Slopes and Hillsides, Ground Covers, Flowering Tree, Screening
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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