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 japonica 'Toyo-Nishiki,’ Toyo-Nishiki flowering quince, is deciduous shrub in the rose family, and is a not-so-distant relative of apple and pear trees. Some species of quince are edible, although the fruit must either be “bletted” – allowed to freeze in late autumn temperatures – or be cooked in order to be palatable. While flowering quince shrubs, like Toyo-nishiki, also produce fruit, they are grown as ornamentals and prized for their beautiful blooms.
Flowering quince shrubs are native to Japan, China, and Korea. Toyo-Nishiki can grow up to 8 feet tall when uninhibited, but this variety is also commonly grown as a bonsai in native Japan.
At the High Line you’ll also find Jet Trail flowering quince, which also blooms in early spring.
WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
On the High Line between West 21st and West 22nd Streets