Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl'

2 litre pot £21.99
available to order from late summer
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Buy Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl' flowering quince: Peach-pink, double flowers 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: fast-growing
  • 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. 'Geisha Girl' is later flowering than other varieties and has double, deep apricot-pink flowers from March to May, followed by aromatic, greenish-yellow fruit. This deciduous shrub looks lovely in the middle of a mixed border, or trained as a specimen against a wall. More compact than other varieties, it flowers best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. 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, take out 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 speciosa 'Geisha Girl'

"A reliable, attractive wall shrub shown to best effect against a wall at the back of a border"

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Wonderful early colour


Purchased this unusual peachy/apricot flowered Geisha Girl as it starts to flower a little earlier than other varieties. When planting I took off all the blossoms to encourage the roots to get established. This year following planting it is covered in many buds of leaves and flowers. Set against a low wall facing south in alkerline soil, I expect it will do very well

Potty about plants



Compact, sturdy plant, covered in flower buds


To be attached to a trellis when taller.




So lovely


Just love beautiful, the colour is so delicate. Have given this as a gift also.




Very pretty.


Very happy against a West facing wall. Flowered quite a lot for a small plant. Lovely colour.




Lovely colour


Love Chaenomeles, they grow well in my clay soil and don't take too much looking after.




Beautiful Plant. So pleased I bought it


Flowered for such a long time and is such a pretty colour. In bloom earlier than most.


North Yorkshire


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Will Geisha Girl be happy in a large pot?


Hello, Yes, you can grow this in a large pot filled with a soil based compost (John Innes No.2 would be ideal), however it will need to be kept well fed and watered.


Hi, I bought a Chaenomeles speciosa "Geisha girl" from you last year and it's a real star - I love the flowers at this time of year. Last year, they were followed by a prolific crop of fruit which I left to drop off in the autumn. As the plant is very tiny still (around 12 - 18 inches tall), I was wondering if I should remove the fruits as they form, so that the tree can put all its energy into putting on height, and do that for the next couple (?) of years until it's more established. Many thanks.


Hello, It does take up a lot of the plants energy to produce flowers and fruit , so if you want to encourage more root or leafy growth, then removing these would certainly give it a push in the right direction.


I am looking for a plant/plants to cover an ugly fence which is about 6 feet tall and about 25ft wide. It is west facing and borders a patio. I was thinking about Chaenomeles Speciosa Geisha Girl as well as another shrub but it would need to be grown in a pot. I'd be grateful for your suggestions. Thanks.


Hello, If you cannot lift a couple of paving slabs, then you will need to plant these in really large pots and make sure they are kept very well fed and watered, but if that is not a problem, then you could consider the following... Ceanothus Skylark Garrya eliptica James Roof Pyracantha


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

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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

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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.



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