By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer
A row of flowering quince shrubs can get quite pricey. That said, propagating quince from cuttings or other means can allow you to grow more of the plant for less. Learn how to propagate a flowering quince bush from cuttings, layering or seed here.
By Teo Spengler
Although flowering quince generally requires little maintenance, pruning this shrub is essential to helping it develop ample flowering and fruiting. For more information about flowering quince pruning, this article will help.
I’m first! The white, red, pink or orange blooming of the quince tree can start as early “as January if winter is mild”, according to the Guide of easy plants to grow [Le guide des plantes faciles à cultiver] (Rustica Publishing house). This shrub native to Japan is easy-going and feels at home in sun and part sun.
It requires little care, simply soil that is rich enough. Plant in September-October or in March and April, near “other early spring-blooming shrubs like sprawling ceanothus or flowering currants, or (…) with a backdrop of perennial and bulbous plants (hyacinth, narcissus, grape hyacinths, lungwort, hellebore…)”.
Like most trees, quince is best planted in fall to speed root development up before winter and guarantee a stronger growth in spring.
You can also plant your quince tree in spring, as long as it is possible for you to water it often over the first summer following the planting.
Backyard environmentalists will be pleased to know that flowering shrubs contribute to a healthy environment. They temper the air around a home's exterior, thus reducing heating and cooling bills. And, many provide food and shelter sources for wildlife. For birds, plant beautyberry, Carolina allspice, dogwood, elderberry, honeysuckle, mahonia, pyracantha, ribes, species roses, and viburnum. Attract butterflies with deciduous azaleas, buddleia, buttonbush, ceanothus, clethra, pussy willow, and lilacs.