Japanese flowering quince
Posted on February 28, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
The other day we were in Blairsville, and saw this magnificent Japanese flowering quince in bloom. It's just past the new courthouse, on the hospital road. I just HAD to take her picture, to share with you.
People often prune quince bushes badly, making them look like bowling balls. AAK!!! This bush is about 8 feet tall, and 6 feet wide. It is beautiful!!! The branches are free, and it's blooming its head off.
Japanese flowering quince is Chaenomeles japonica. It is a deciduous shrub, and has monster thorns. It also produces yellow apple-like fruits, which are edible. But since they are so astringent, they don't taste good. People do use them for making jams and jellies (involving LOTS of sugar.)
Japanese flowering quince isn't grown for its edible fruits, but for these beautiful early spring blooms.
I hope you see more signs of spring in your hikes and travels.