*Japanese flowering-quince

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*Chaenomeles speciosa
JAPANESE FLOWERING-QUINCE
Rosaceae
Asia

Location: map coordinates S-14 (west of Loockerman Hall),
N 39°11'7'' W 75°32'42''

Planting history: presently unknown.

Description:
  • deciduous shrub
  • etymology: Chaenomeles from Greek chaina (to gape) and melon (apple), because fruit was believed to be split; speciosa = showy
  • leaves simple, alternate, oval
  • flowers red, pink (or white); very early in spring before the leaves
  • fruit a pome; edible but bitter (sometimes used in preserves)
  • branches spiny

*Non-native species (not native to Delaware)

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