Chaenomeles japonica

Japanese Flowering Quince

Categories: Shrubs

Japanese quince is a low-growing, densely-branched, deciduous shrub with spiny, often-tangled, gray-brown twigs. It typically grows to 3’ tall but spreads to 6' wide. Five-petaled, orange-scarlet flowers (to 1.5” across) with creamy white stamens bloom before the leaves unfold in an often showy early spring floral display. 

More About Chaenomeles japonica

  • edible fruit...but very bitter
  • fast growing

Flowers are followed by hard, greenish-yellow fruits (1.5” pomes that are commonly called quinces) which ripen in early autumn. Ripe quinces are fragrant. Quinces are edible, but usually are considered too bitter to be eaten directly from the shrub. Quinces are sometimes used to make preserves and jellies.

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3-6 ft


3-5 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Chaenomeles japonica Characteristics


  • Small / Miniature
  • Specimen
  • Ground Cover
  • Mass Plant

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Does best in full sun
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Early Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Bloom Time

  • Early season

Flower Color

  • Crimson
  • Red


  • Greenish

Fruiting Attributes

  • good for jams/jellies/juices
  • large size


  • Spreading
  • Irregular