Plant of the Week: Jet Trail Flowering Quince

Jet Trail flowering quince is known for its abundant white blooms that cover the shrub in early spring. Photo by High Line Volunteer Lebasi Lashley.
 

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that took root on the elevated rail tracks after the trains stopped running. The High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our Gardeners’ current favorites.

Chaenomeles x superba 'Jet Trail,’ known by its common name Jet Trail flowering quince, is a deciduous ornamental shrub. This drought-tolerant plant is known for its prolific spring blooms which cover it in delicate white flowers

Shrubs within the genus Chaenomeles are referred to as “flowering quince,” even though all quince plants produce flowers. This is because Chaenomeles shrubs are grown as ornamentals rather than for their fruit. The fruits produced by the Jet trail flowering quince are edible, however they are small and unpleasant to eat raw. Fruit from flowering quince, much like their cousins grown expressly for fruit, must be cooked in order to be enjoyed. You’ll often find them in liqueurs, pies, or jam.

Fun fact: The word “marmalade” used to refer to jams made from quince. This is derived from marmelo, the Portuguese word for this fruit.

PLEASE BE GENTLE
Help us keep the park beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Take plenty of photos, but please do not pick any of the plants or blooms.

For your own safety, do not eat any plants from the park (including their leaves, fruits, flowers or seeds).

WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
Near West 17th Street and on the Northern Spur, an offshoot near West 16th Street on the western side of the High Line

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