Chaenomeles lagenaria (Common Quince)
Chaenomeles lagenaria (Common Quince) is a deciduous shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It is native to China, Japan, and Korea, but has been widely cultivated in other parts of the world, including Europe and North America.
The plant typically grows to a height of around 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) and has a spread of about the same size. Its branches are thorny, and its leaves are oval-shaped, dark green, and glossy. The plant produces showy, cup-shaped flowers in early spring, which can be pink, white, or red, and are followed by fragrant, yellow-green fruit that resembles a small apple.
The fruit of the Common Quince is quite hard and astringent, and is not usually consumed raw. However, it can be cooked and used in a variety of culinary applications, particularly in jams, jellies, and marmalades. The fruit is also used in traditional medicine for its high vitamin C content and antioxidant properties.
Chaenomeles lagenaria is often used for ornamental purposes, as its colorful flowers and attractive fruit make it a popular choice for gardens and landscaping. The plant is relatively easy to grow and prefers well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade. It can be propagated from seed or by layering, and benefits from regular pruning to maintain its shape and promote flowering.
Overall, Chaenomeles lagenaria is a versatile and attractive shrub that is valued for both its ornamental and culinary uses. It is easy to grow and maintain, and its showy blooms and fragrant fruit make it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes.
Botanical Name : Chaenomeles Lagenaria
Common Name : Common Quince
Height : 12-15ft
Spread : 9-12ft
Germination Info : Seed requires 60-90 days cold stratification.
Hardiness zone : 4-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 375