Chaenomeles × superba 'Crimson and Gold'

3 litre pot £21.99
available to order from summer
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Chaenomeles × superba 'Crimson and Gold' flowering quince: Bright crimson flowers with gold centres in spring

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: March to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Ornamental quinces bring a welcome flush of colour to the garden in spring, when their bare twigs are smothered in flowers before the glossy, dark green leaves appear. 'Crimson and Gold' has striking, cup-shaped, bright red flowers with conspicuous yellow centres from March to May, followed by aromatic, greenish-yellow fruit. This easy-to-grow, deciduous shrub is excellent for a partly shaded border with moderately fertile, well-drained soil and looks stunning trained against a wall. A popular compact variety, it's perfect for the smaller garden or where space is limited. The fruit can be eaten when cooked.

  • Garden care: After flowering, prune side-shoots to five or six leaves and remove crossing 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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Notes on Chaenomeles × superba 'Crimson and Gold'

"Early-flowering crimson-red flowers, studded with golden anthers, clothe bare branches on sunny walls - lighting up spring and often beating the daffodils in the sprint for spring"

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Beautiful colour


I love this little ornamental quince. It was beautiful in the summer with lots of flowers and the autumn colour was lovely, it even had some little fruits on it.




Good sized plant arrived well packaged


I have this growing against a north wall and is just beginning to flower




Attractive, good sized plant


A good sized plant which has established well and has flowered






The flowers a wonderful, and a magnet for bees. Last year it only managed three flowers, but I had only purchased it around three months earlier & it wasn't in the best position in the garden. Back in October I moved it up against a south facing wall and it is already covered in buds. A neighbour also has had one for a few years and it looks superb. Well worth a purchase for some much need early colour. I will be buying another (maybe lighter pink) very soon for the patio.




Lovely colour!


Very pretty and healthy. Growing it against West facing wall as an espalier. Bumblees adore it. It needs to be watered well in the first year then it is pretty much indestructible. In Summer it provides support for a third group clematis. Highly recommend.




Good Choice


Good prompt service, nice healthy plant, well packaged




Great for colour in a shady corner


Bought for a shady border, does the job and lovely red flowers




Great trained against a wall!


I have trained my quince against a grey trellis and the colours really 'pop' against it. Beautiful scarlet colour.


Burton upon Trent


Early Joy


This plant is stunning! I grow it up the sunny side of my potting shed and I can't say enough positives about it. No fuss, no maintenance, just the most beautiful scarlet flowers covering every stem. The only down side would be the thorns but I still give it five stars. Its one of my garden delights.


Linconlshire Wolds

Chaenomeles × superba Crimson and Gold

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You mention a 3L pot, but what height will the plant be approximately when delivered. I want a substantial size if I have choice.

Little planty

Hello, All the plants will vary and the time of the year will also play a part, however as a very general guide, I would expect them to be around 40 - 75cm tall in a 3 litre pot.


do Chaenomeles have to be grown against wall/fence or can they be stand alone?


Hello there No it doesn't have to be grown against a wall or fence, it can be grow as a free standing shrub.

Plant to cover a fence Please can you suggest a shrub/tree that could be grown as an espalier on a new 2 metre close boarded fence, facing East by North-it gets a good few hours of sun in the morning. I need to cover about 10 to 12 feet in width, and the plant would need to be planted close to one end of the fence. (The fence borders a paved area leading into a border.) I would hope to start with something already fairly well grown if possible. Many thanks

Rita Ireland

Dear Helen, Thank you for the reply. I had been thinking about Pyracantha so you have confirmed that this would be suitable.

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello There, The best options would be one of the following Chaenomeles Pyracantha or Garrya Unfortunately though we only sell the sizes listed on our site and none of them will have been trained into an espalier. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Rita Ireland

Plants to deter cats Hello, my tiny terrace garden was recently made over at some expense but my 2 beloved moggies have ruined the one flower bed by using it as a loo-I am about to spend yet more money on having it cleaned up but how do I deter the cats from ruining it again? They are outdoor cats and use the catflap and there is nowhere indoors to put a litter tray anyway. Friends suggested several centimetres of woodchips? on the soil would put them off but I would value your advice before I invest. Also, which perfumed lilies are poisonous to cats?-or are they all? I am not thinking of poisoning the 2 moggies but I would like some lilies in pots but not if they are going to harm the cats. Also, suggestions of perfumed climbing shrubs that will stand shade. Many thanks Sonia

Sonia Richardson

Hello There, There are a couple of ways you can deter cats from the garden. Firstly you can plant lots of things that have spines or thorns, thus making it awkward for them to dig in - here are some of my favourites. Pyracantha's are ideal - this is a prickly wall shrub that has small white flowers which become fabulous red berries in autumn. Berberis is another good choice: Chaenomeles: Ilex (holly): All of the above plants are evergreen (except Chaenomeles), so you will have year round interest. There are loads of cat deterrents on the market that work by scent or water. We have a few on our site. Other methods that you could try include sprinkling curry powder around the boundaries where they frequent, drying your used tea bags and then putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on them before scattering in the garden. Orange peel when broken into small pieces and scattered around the borders works wonders and it's cheap as does grated, perfumed soap. As for the lilies, I think they are all quite toxic to cats, so they should be avoided. Finally, the best scented climbers for shade are the Loniceras - just click on the following link to go straight to them I hope this helps and good luck! Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

What can I grow in clay soil? I have clay soil and am finding it hard to grow anything at all. I am not a gardener so not keen on digging in good compost, besides that my garden is so big it would take me ages. Are there any plants, shrubs that grow well in clay soil? I was thinking of a Chaenomeles. Have you any other suggestions? Many thanks Margaret

Hello Margaret, There are loads of plants which will grow in clay soil including trees, shrubs, roses and climbers, which don't need to be lifted and divided every few years. Planting should be tackled when the soil is reasonably dry, early autumn or early spring seem to be the best times. If you really can't face digging, then you should apply bulky organic matter (like composted bark) as a generous layer of mulch in the autumn and the worms will help work it into the soil over the winter. Gypsum is also quite effective in helping to break down most clay soils. The Chaenomeles should be fine in your clay soil, provided it does not stay too wet for any length of time. For more ideas, just click on the following link, which will take you straight to all the clay-loving plants we sell. I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Does my Japanese flowering quince have edible fruit? I bought a Japanese flowering quince about 2 years ago and the crop of fruit this year is larger and more uniformly yellow-pink than last year's - is the fruit purely ornamental or can I use it in cooking?


The fruit of Chaenomeles are palatable when cooked, but really its grown as an ornamental plant.


How can I stop cats fouling in my garden? I have a problem with cats fouling in my garden. Is there anything you can suggest that I use to to prevent this?

Pam McCarthy

There are a couple of ways you can deter cats from the garden. Firstly you can plant lots of things that have spines or thorns, which will make it awkward for them to squeeze past or dig around - here are some of my favourites. Pyracantha Berberis Chaenomeles Ilex With the exception of the Chaenomeles, all of the above plants are evergreen, so will provide year round interest. Failing that, we do have a number of different deterrents - just click on the link below to go straight to them.


What climber can I grow in a shady area? I have a blank wall that only gets sun late afternoon. Can you please advise me what I should choose?

william high

There are some lovely climbers that would be suitable for your shady wall. Just click on the link below each plant to find out more about that particular one. 'Lonicera japonica Halliana' - pure white flowers that fade to yellow 'Chaenomeles x superba Crimson and Gold' - a wall shrub with red flowers 'Jasminum nudiflorum' - wall shrub with bright yellow flowers in winter 'Schizophragma hydrangeoides' - hydrangea-like white flowers 'Hedera varieties - evergreen climbers 'Garrya elliptica James Roof' - has extra long, silky catkins Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris' - climbing hydrangea Parthenocissus - fiery autumnal colours



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