Quince is only pretty in the spring. (Of course, that's my opinion, not the quince's.) Otherwise, it's just another deciduous shrub. So, I've placed it in front of the pavonia where it will be the star of the spring garden, but a nice (and mostly forgotten) backdrop to pavonia's summer blooms.
There are several different species of Chaenomeles. There's Chaenomeles speciosa, Chaenomeles japonica, and Chaenomeles cathayensis. You can get a quince that stays a small shrub or grows as tall as a tree. There are even cultivars that grow as low as 12".
This quince was labeled "Red Flowering Quince, Chaenomeles japonica". Chaenomeles japonica grows in zones 5 through 9, reaches about 4 ft tall, with a spread of 6 to 8 ft. Drought tolerant.
|Look closely and you can see its thorn - far right, halfway up|
Since mine was labeled "Red Flowering Quince", but blooms pink instead, was it mislabeled? Time will tell. But I think the label was right. I've read that some quince will bloom white, pink and red all on one plant, or bloom a different color in different years.
If it starts blooming red, I'll still love it. But I still think it's prettiest in pink.