“The compact, glossy-leaved hybrid flowering quince, ‘Texas Scarlet’ , bears masses of striking reddish flowers in spring and has few thorns, unlike most other selections. Many favor hybrid flowering quince because it combines the most desirable features of its parent species, common flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) and Japanese flowering quince (C. japonica). ‘Texas Scarlet’ is a compact, densely branched selection ideal for foundation plantings, low hedges and rockeries.
Clusters of bowl-shaped flowers cover this quince in early spring both before and after the glossy leaves emerge. The single blossoms are bright rosy scarlet and attract bees and other early insect pollinators. The simple leaves emerge slightly bronze in spring and turn dark green as the season progresses. Edible, yellow-green, apple-shaped fruits ripen in the fall and may be made into preserves or jelly. Birds also enjoy the fruits.
The tough and adaptable hybrid flowering quince accepts a wide range of growing conditions but grows best in full sun and well-drained, acid to neutral loam. Periods of winter cold are needed for good flowering and fruit set. Spring buds are often damaged by cold in its northernmost zones. This fine landscape shrub combines well with other early-bloomers, such as forsythias and early bulbs.”
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