Texas Scarlet Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Texas Scarlet’)
One of Our Favorite Shrubs for Spring Blooms
- Hardiness Range: 5a
- Height: 5’
- Spread: 5’
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Bloom Color: Bright Red
Why We Love It:
Texas Scarlet Flowering Quince is an abundant bloomer of bright red flowers that bloom directly on the branches in early spring. This smaller shrub will make people stop and look at its striking flowers. This plant is primarily grown for its ornamental appeal, but it is also valued for its edible fruit. Texas Scarlet Flowering Quince can produce showy yellow pomes in mid-fall, and this bitter fruit is most often used in making preserves and jellies.
Texas Scarlet Flowering Quince is a dense, multi-stemmed shrub and should be planted in full sunlight. Due to its smaller size, this shrub is suitable for planting under power lines and tends to fill out right to the ground, eliminating the need to add filler plants. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations and is highly tolerant of urban pollution.
Know Before You Plant:
Texas Scarlet Flowering Quince does have small thorns. We do not find this to be a nuisance, but it is something to be mindful of when planning landscapes for kids.
Where It Thrives:
Use as hedges, screens or barriers. Can be placed in border groups or used in gardens