Chaenomeles speciosa 'Exima'
Description: Chaenomeles are easy to grow popular deciduous shrubs which give excellent early flower before the leaves in March/ April. 'Exima' has brick red flowers followed by greenish 'quince' fruit in autumn which can be used to make jellies and jams.
Uses: Use as free standing shrub in mixed border or train against a wall or fence.
Climate/Position: Sun or shade.
Height/Spread: Vigorous growth up to 2m if on a wall.
Soil Requirements: Not fussy so will suit most soils.
Pruning: Any pruning should be done straight after flowering in spring. If free standing as a shrub then only prune to shape. If trained against a wall then ensure a good framework is established then it is best to prune shoots each year to a spur i.e about 3 buds from the main stem to keep flat against the wall.
Additional Interest: Flowering Quince have been popular since the Victorian times and this variety was introduced about 1880.