Noted for its compact shape, Chaenomeles x superba 'Cameo' (Japanese Quince) is a deciduous shrub with abundant clusters of semidouble coral pink flowers, up to 1.5 in. across (3-4 cm). Borne on thorny, tangled branches, they bloom in profusion for a few weeks in mid spring, slightly later than most Flowering Quinces. The flowers give way to small, fragrant, greenish yellow fruits, 2 in. across (5 cm), which ripen in early fall. Edible, they are considered too bitter to be eaten directly from the shrub but they may be used for preserves and jellies.
- Grows up in a bushy, densely-branched shrub up to 5 ft. tall and wide (150 cm).
- A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils. Best flower production occurs in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soil conditions, including dry soils and clay soils provided there is good drainage. Drought tolerant once established.
- Easy to care for and nearly indestructible, Japanese Quince is a perfect choice for mixed shrub borders or low flowering hedge. The spreading form and spiny branches make this plant an excellent choice for screening, or as a security barrier. Great as specimen plant and for foundation plantings. Japanese Quince may also be trained against a wall.
- Deer and rabbit resistant
- Plants bloom on old growth. Prune to shape as required after flowering to encourage growth of flowering spurs. Note that such pruning will reduce the fruit production. Remove root suckers to control possible spread.
- Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
- Branches can be cut from your Japanese Quince in late winter and forced to bloom indoors.