Chaenomeles speciosa 'Yukigotan'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: March to May
- Flower colour: lime fading to white
- Other features: the flowering stems are uvery pretty in cut flower arrangements
- Hardiness: fully hardy
One of the first shrubs into bloom each spring, the stems of this ornamental quince form in tighlty packed clusters from early March. Each semi-double flower emerges from a lime green bud and fades to creamy white as they mature, creating a subtle yet very beautiful show. These are useful plants for creating an informal flowering hedge a their spiny branches will stop intruders in their tracks! Alternatively incorporate them into a shrub border to bring early colour, or train them against a sheltered wall.
- 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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