Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Chaenomeles japonica and Chaenomeles speciosa (ka-NOM-e-leez ja-PON-I-ca)
coral, pink, white
Form and Size:
The woody branches of quince flowering branches have delicate flowers. It also has fruit on the branches.
5 – 7 days
late-winter – early-spring
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Rosaceae (rose) family, quince flowering branches originated in China and Japan. The name chaenomeles comes from the Greek word for chaine (to gape) and melon (an apple). This is in reference to the belief that the apple split. Japonica means it came from Japan. Speciosa means showy. The fruit on this tree is used for making jelly.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of quince flowering branches include apple, peach, pear, potentilla, hawthorn, spirea and cotoneaster. The dramatic change between the dormant branches and the beautifully bloomed branches is reminiscent of the change the ugly duckling makes when turning into a lovely swan.