coming into bloom
Japanese Flowering Quince
Chanomeles speciosa, japonica
A native to Japan, the flowering quince has been a popular shrub in home gardens for over 200 years, old timers still call it “Japonica”. Japanese name: Boke
|Deciduous spring-blooming shrubs|
flower even before putting out their leaves.
Japanese quince is suitable for cultivation as a bonsai. Prefers a moist well-drained soil. Becomes chlorotic on very alkaline soils. Tolerates atmospheric pollution. A good bee plant. Flowers best in sunny positions.
old timers still call it
|A warm promise of Spring.|
This plant is hardy in USDA climate zones 5 through 9.
a burst of color in 2012
one of the first spring flowers
As bonsai, Japanese quince is most often grown in clump style. Thick trunks can be difficult to achieve as flowering quince tends to sucker from the roots. These suckers should be removed if a thick trunk is desired.
|often grown as |
clump style Bonsai
After flowering prune side-shoots and remove crossing or ill-placed stems, but remember that new growth bears next year's flowers.
show of flowers 2011
Reduce watering in winter, but never allow the soil to become fully dry.