Last updated on December 2nd, 2011
I HOPE YOU CAN FIND ROOM IN YOUR GARDEN for Chaenomeles x superba ‘Cameo.’ For three luxurious weeks each May, this flowering quince adorns itself in hundreds of peachy, fully-double, antique rose-type flowers. They are the kind of flowers which inspire poets, painters, and yes — even amateur photographers like me:
This sun-loving shrub, which blooms immediately after its brother, ‘Crimson and Gold,’ requires no care whatsoever. Give it regular watering the first summer after planting, and thereafter you need not bother. I prune mine lightly after flowering just to keep it within bounds (it can achieve a height and width of five feet).
Lovely flowers aren’t Cameo’s only value. When the stems drop their leaves in autumn, a vast quantity of edible fruit becomes apparent. If you don’t wish to cook the fruit — I’ll admit it takes quite a bit of boiling to soften the rock-hard flesh — you can simply savor its fragrance. A few golden quinces — preferably placed in a decorative bowl — will scent an entire room.
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