An old fashioned springtime favorite but with no thorns!
A dense, rounded shrub with “tangled” branches and glossy dark-green leaves. Showy, soft, peachy-pink flowers bloom before leaves unfold. Flowers are double-petalled and densely packed. Little if any fruit is produced.
Adaptable to most soils, and tolerant of heat and drought. Plants bloom on old growth, so if pruning, do so immediately after flowering. Heaviest bud set is on two-year-old wood, so avoid cutting into oldest parts of the plant. Easy to force buds indoors.
Height: 4-5 ft.
Spread: 4-5 ft.
Bloom time: March to April (but may rebloom sporadically in summer and fall)
Sun: full sun to part shade
According to Rutgers University, Chaenomeles speciosa are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: Proven Winners
a Proven Winners plant