Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles 'Contorta')

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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March Plants for Honey BeesMarch Plants for Honey Bees
March 13, 2012

It's March, the month spring officially arrives according to the calendar. Mother Nature might have different plans, but plants are bursting forth with renewed growth and the cool weather plants are blooming, bringing joy to everyone. Honey bees have built up their numbers and are busy taking advantage of the bountiful supply of food.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 8, 2012 3:24 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on May 15, 2016 6:27 PM

Compact form, prune to shape, removing old branches when necessary. Fruit may be used to make juice and syrup. Begins bearing 2-3 years after planting, and may yield 10+ lbs of fruit. Needs at least a half day of sun and well drained soil. I got this to replace a common quince and am hopeful it will stay within reasonable bounds a bit better.

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