Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei'

3 litre pot £29.99
available to order from spring
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Buy Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei' flowering quince: Wonderful white flowers blushing pink

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. 'Moerloosei' is later flowering than other varieties and has cup-shaped, white flowers flushed with dark pink, from March to May followed by aromatic, greenish-yellow fruit. This vigorous, deciduous quince makes an attractive informal hedge for a sunny or partly shady site with moderately fertile, well-drained soil, and looks stunning trained against a wall. 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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Stunningly beautiful Quince


I have grown this beautiful quince on a South facing wall where it thrived & looked stunning, covered in pale coral & white flowers from early Spring. We moved house & I have now planted three against a fence where I will train it up to the trellis above. I found it very difficult to find this gorgeous variety but Crocus let me know when it came in & I was delighted with their help in getting them. Planted last year & already flowering well.

Jen the Potter

Essex coast


Excellent early spring wall plant.


Just when you think Spring is never coming, this plant starts to flower.




Good plant


Needs training - needed instructions to do this elsewhere




Would recommend






Too lovely to overlook


You can train this shrub on a wall (because of its height) or grow it as a free-standing tall shrub. Looks like apple-blossom and with more variation in the flower colour (pinks). Trouble is it is sold to be used as a wall specimen and it takes time to change its growth habit.






Got two of them and planted them against East facing wall. One is thriving while the other one was eaten either by rats or squirrels. They were quite small when I got them so I guess the next time I will grow them on in a pot for a year or two and then transplant when they are a bit stronger. Pretty colour. Good for bees.





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The Chaenomeles Moerloosei which I bought from you and planted last autumn did well until last week when all the leaves on one of its (only two) stems wilted over a couple of days. The other stem is fine. I have two other chaenomeles, Geisha Girl and Pink Lady, growing a few metres from it, in identical conditions, and they are both thriving. What has caused the wilting with the Moerloosei, will it recover, or should I remove the affected stem?


If you take some photos and send these in to our customer services team along with your order reference number we can look into this for you.


Could this Chaenomeles be grown in a large container? Thanks.


Hello there Yes you could, but it is a vigorous shrub with quite a spreading habit if not pruned. Hope this helps.

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.



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