In the dead of winter, shopping for flowering quince seemed like a good idea. Like most gardeners, I was familiar with Texas Scarlet and it’s lipstick pink blooms.
They had been blooming beautifully along the Katy Trail since early February.
There are many varieties of flowering quince with colors ranging from red to light pink, white, orange, and apricot. For instance, ‘Orange Storm’, ‘Scarlet Storm’ and ‘Pink Storm’, marketed as the Double Take™ series grow 3-4 feet in height and 4-5 feet in width and have big, vibrant colored, double flowers. The flowers were pretty but no longer looked like the quince I knew. So then I looked at ‘Crimson and Gold’ Flowering Quince. It was too red for me.
Finally, I chose this one:
What do you think about my selection?
Flowering quince is probably suitable for your garden if you have sunshine. Read about it on Texas SmartScape.
If you have heard of Tree Quince, (Cydonia oblonga), you’ll know it produces a yellow pome fruit similar to a pear. Information about the fruit, quince, can be found here.
Some of the flowering quince shrubs (Chaenomeles japonica) bear small, hard, aromatic fruits in fall used in making jelly or preserves. If you don’t get around to using them, the birds will!