Chaenomeles japonica 'Cameo'

Japanese Flowering Quince

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Cameo'

Tips for Homeowners:

To manage the size of the quince it is best to prune after the spring flowers. Since the thorns are a challenge it is best to wear heavy gloves and eye protection. Fruit production is affected by pruning so be careful to remove only broken or dead branches. This shrub will naturally spread by sending up new plants from the root, so remove these to keep it from spreading. 

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This very early-blooming shrub is highly regarded for its beautiful flowers and its disease resistance.

  • Double, apricot-pink, apple-blossom-like flowers
  • Yellow-green fruit attracts birds
  • Very adaptable to wide range of soil types

This shrub is best planted in shrub borders or hedges and probably best to plant a distance away from major traffic areas due to thorns.

Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 3-5 ft
Zone: 5-9
Color: Pink

Interesting Notes about Japanese Flowering Quince:

In the spring this shrub will be heavily adorned with flowers as long as there is plenty of sun. Since the flowers occur on old wood the plant is one of the earliest to bloom. Flowers are followed by an apple-like fruit called quince which is bitter when fresh, but can be used for jellies and preserves.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Spring Bloomer
  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting
  • Disease Resistant
  • Border or Bed
  • Naturalizing
  • Ground Cover
  • Attractive fruit
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright
  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water