Chaenomeles speciosa 'Nivalis'

flowering quince

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: March to May
  • Flower colour: pure white
  • Other features: glossy, oval, dark-green leaves; aromatic, green-yellow fruit (palatable when cooked and often used in preserves and jellies); the flowering stems are useful in indoor flower arrangements
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The stems of this vigorous, flowering quince are smothered with pretty, pure white flowers from March to May, followed by aromatic, green-yellow fruit. Excellent for planting on a sunny or partly shady boundary with moderately fertile, well-drained soil. The spiny branches are a useful deterrent against unwanted intruders and marauding cats.

  • Garden care: After flowering prune side-shoots to five or six leaves and remove crossing or ill-placed stems. Once established remove excess growth in late spring or summer and cut back all side-shoots to two or three leaves.

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