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Featured Plant: Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince

By High Line Gardens | March 6, 2019

Chaenomeles japonica ‘Toyo-Nishiki,’ Toyo-Nishiki flowering quince, is a 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.

Closeup of pink flowers

This beautiful ornamental is popular in Japan due to its plentiful blooms. There it’s also common in bonsai form.

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.

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