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Commonly known as Chinese quince
Semi-evergreen Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.
Oval, finely-toothed, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
Shades of pink All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
Spreading shrub or small tree. Grey and white bark. Produces flowers to 4cm (1½in) across, gradually throughout spring, followed after hot summers by ovoid fruits to 15cm (6in) long which give off an intense, sweet aroma as they ripen.
Hardy - cold winter Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Against a wall
Warm sheltered spot, shelter from frosts and cold winds
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
Serrulate see photos above
Pruning group 1
Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Pruning group 8 - Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.
RHS group 12 & 13
Fertile well drained soil