Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei'
- 2 litre pot
- available to order from spring
- Standard £5.95
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: March to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Ornamental quinces bring a welcome flush of colour to the garden in spring, when their bare twigs are smothered in flowers before the glossy, dark green leaves appear. 'Moerloosei' is later flowering than other varieties and has cup-shaped, white flowers flushed with dark pink, from March to May followed by aromatic, greenish-yellow fruit. This vigorous, deciduous quince makes an attractive informal hedge for a sunny or partly shady site with moderately fertile, well-drained soil, and looks stunning trained against a wall. The fruit can be eaten when cooked.
- Garden care: After flowering, prune side-shoots to five or six leaves and remove crossing stems. Once established, take out excess growth in late spring or summer and cut back all side-shoots to two or three leaves.