Chaenomeles japonica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chaenomeles japonica (Japanese quince) is a botanical species of Chaenomeles , family of the Rosaceae. It is native to East Asia.


It is a deciduous, thorny, highly decorative shrub year-round. It reaches 0.1-0.6 m in height. The leaves are oval bright green. It blooms in winter, before the sprouting of leaves; it blooms in summer but with less abundance. It produces aromatic, yellow-green fruits, similar to apples, but about 4 cm in diameter.

Prefers full sun. Accepts all types of soil, but grows very slow in calcareous soil; it is advisable to avoid soils with high pH, ​​as there are signs of chlorosis.

It should be watered normally in summer and very little in winter. You can use organic fertilizer in autumn and winter, and chemical in spring.

The fruit is edible, very hard and acid in the raw, but with a pleasant and strong flavor for jams and jellies [1]. < / p>

If branches are cut before flowering, and are taken to a vase with water, they begin to bloom.

They are planted isolated, in groups and in hedges. There are less vigorous varieties of extended bearing, suitable for rock gardens. It is an excellent shrub for defensive hedgerow for its thorns.

It is allowed to grow very well for bonsai.

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