Flowering Quince or Japonica makes quite an impact…

Japonica could be referred to as a Winter Flower Essence, as it starts to flower on the bare branches in March, but it carries on flowering as the leaves start to sprout, so I am calling it a Spring Essence. It is also called Flowering Quince, and although it does produce fruit, there are never very many. It is a shrub unlike fruiting Quince which has white and pale pink flowers and looks more like an apple tree.

Have a look at my Vlog where I explain it’s properties as a Flower Essence…it is all about balance.

5 thoughts on “Flowering Quince or Japonica makes quite an impact…

  1. ‘Japonica’ is only the species name of ‘Chaenomeles japonica’ though. It is the same name for several species of other genera, such as Camellia japonica, Pieris japonica, Cryptomeria japonica, Kerria japonica and so on. It is a species that we want more of here, because it happens to suit the style of the landscapes. There are a few old cultivars out in some of the older landscapes that I want to get copies of, and one modern cultivar here (that is not in a landscape yet). Fruiting quince is a different genus, and happens to be rare here.

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    1. Yes Tony, you are so right…the name Japonica is used for several different plants…but often here in Europe there is confusion over the different types of Quince…they are completely different species, Flowering Quince and Fruiting Quince. They are both quite common here in SW France…we use the Quince fruit to make jams and tarts…lovely taste. You often see the trees in Orchards, it has high pectin so is often added to other fruit Jams to help them set.

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      1. Exactly! Although the Santa Clara Valley was famous for orchards a very long time ago, almost all of the fruit produced were stone fruits, with some degree of English walnuts. Pome fruits grew in the Santa Cruz Mountains above. Quince, however, were not grown intentionally in orchards, but appeared later as they grew from the understock of abandoned pear orchards. Well, it is a long and complicated story, but innovative Okies, who might not have been any more experienced with quince than Californians were, figured out what to do with them. In the meantime, the flowering quince that were popularized in Japantown of San Jose are still so misunderstood, . . . and sometimes expected to produce fruit!

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      2. Yes, some cultivars produce a few fruit, although not very many. The fruit is more perishable than real quince fruit, and some may not contain enough pectin to set. Raintree Nursery in Washington used to sell a flowering quince as a fruiting cultivar. Apparently, it reliably made more fruit than most cultivars, and it worked something like quince fruit.

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