Thursday, June 21, 2012
Flowering Quince aka. Chaenomeles Japonica is native to South East Asia, Japan and China. Apparently these plants were brought to North America by early horticulturists for their beautiful display of brilliant red flowers.
Years ago my wife and I were hiking around an abandoned homestead and came across one of these plants, it was in bloom at the time. So I cut off a small flowering branch and when we got home I buried it about 2/3 deep leaving 1/3 above the soil not expecting anything but a dead stick by the end of the summer. But it grew and is thriving real well! These flowers go on to be Quince fruit that can be used for jellies and such.