Fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. Very fragrant and acidic. Best when cooked in jams/jellies or great in pies. Its fruit is not quite as desirable as some other quince species, but has a nice flavor, can be sustainably cultivated, and has ornamental value. Also known as Maule's quince, and Japanese Flowering Quince. USDA zones 5-8.
|Habit/Size||3-5 feet tall|
|Germination||Stratifiy (cold/moist) for 60-90 days. Sow 1/4 in. deep.|
|Requirements||Tolerates most soil types and pH levels. Prefers moist soil and full sun, but can grow in partial shade.|
|Zones||USDA zones 5-8|
|Life Cycle||deciduous shrub|
|Harvest||Fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. Very fragrant, but acidic. Best when cooked in jams/jellies or great in pies.|
|Uses||edible*(fruit), medicinal (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive aid)*|
|Notes||This species is best known for its showy flowers, and is often grown as bonsai.|
|Breed Status||Open Pollinated|
|Characteristics||Chaenomeles japonica is pollinated by bees, plants are hermephrodite (have both male and female parts). It can tollerate high pollution levels.|
|Seed Storage||store seeds cold and dry (34-41 degrees F).|
|Synonyms||Chaenomeles maulei, Cydonia japonica, Cydonia maulei, Pyrus japonica, Pyrus maulei|
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