Chaenomeles speciosa 'Nivalis'
Description: A beautiful white form of flowering quince which is one of the earliest flowering forms. Chaenomeles are easy to grow popular deciduous shrubs which give excellent early flower before the leaves in March/ April. 'Nivalis' produces a mass of pure white flowers with greenish central stamens and they presents a stunning show of blossom in spring. The flowers are 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. The intertwining stems are suited to use against intruders
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: The name ;Nivalis' means snowy referring to the pure white blossom.