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botanical name:
Chaenomeles speciosa 'Contorta'
Chaenomeles speciosa 'Contorta' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Flowering quince
synonyms:  Chaenomeles speciosa 'Rinho', Chaenomeles speciosa 'Contorted White', Chaenomeles speciosa 'Tortuosa'
family:  Rosaceae
characteristics: shrub
height: 1.50m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: yellow
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
description:
Dense, spreading shrub with twisted branches. Clusters of pink flushed, white flowers. Rounded yellow fruits follow later.

cultivation:
Any reasonably fertile, well drained soil in sun or part shade. Flowers and fruits best in sun.

propagation:
Easiest by layering or separation of rooted suckers if available. Alternatively from hardwood cuttings (one year old shoots).

usage:
The curly stems make good winter interest.

other notes:
Originally from Japan and the name 'Rinho' may in fact be the oldest and correct one.

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