Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Toyo-Nishiki’

(Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Chaenomeles speciosa, commonly called flowering quince, is a dense, broad-rounded, deciduous shrub with often-tangled, spiny, gray-brown twigs. It typically grows to 6-10’ tall and as wide. It is native to China, Tibet and Myanmar (Burma). Five-petaled flowers (to 2” diameter) bloom before the leaves fully unfold in an often showy early spring bloom. Flowers are followed by hard, dot-speckled, edible, yellowish-green fruits (2.5” quinces) that are rather bitter when eaten fresh from the shrub, but quite tasty in preserves and jellies.  ‘Toyo-Nashiki’ is noted for bearing flowers of different colors (pinks, reds and whites) on the same branches. Interesting color variations also may occur on the same flower. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

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Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best flowering occurs in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers well-drained loams. Established plants tolerate dryish soils. Plants bloom on old growth. Avoid heavy pruning. Prune to shape as needed in spring after flowering to stimulate growth of flowering spurs which will improve bloom for the following year (although such pruning will reduce fruit production for the current year). Promptly remove root suckers to control possible spread. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince

Botanical Name

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Toyo-Nishiki'


3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun


6 to 10'


6 to 10'

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

Late winter

Flower Color

Pink, white, red



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Berry Color

greenish yellow

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