Chaenomeles × superba 'Crimson and Gold'
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Early-flowering crimson-red flowers, studded with golden anthers, clothe bare branches on sunny walls - lighting up spring and often beating the daffodils in the sprint for spring
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Ornamental quinces bring a welcome flush of colour to the garden in spring, when their bare twigs are smothered in flowers before the glossy, dark green leaves appear. 'Crimson and Gold' has striking, cup-shaped, bright red flowers with conspicuous yellow centres from March to May, followed by aromatic, greenish-yellow fruit. This easy-to-grow, deciduous shrub is excellent for a partly shaded border with moderately fertile, well-drained soil and looks stunning trained against a wall. A popular compact variety, it's perfect for the smaller garden or where space is limited. The fruit can be eaten when cooked.
- Garden care: After flowering, prune side-shoots to five or six leaves and remove crossing stems. Once established, remove excess growth in late spring or summer and cut back all side-shoots to two or three leaves.
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Comments about Crocus Chaenomelesxsuperba'Crimson and Gold':
This plant is stunning! I grow it up the sunny side of my potting shed and I can't say enough positives about it. No fuss, no maintenance, just the most beautiful scarlet flowers covering every stem. The only down side would be the thorns but I still give it five stars. Its one of my garden delights.
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Q:You mention a 3L pot, but what height will the plant be approximately when delivered. I want a substantial size if I have choice.Asked on 26/5/2014 by Little planty from Wiltshire
All the plants will vary and the time of the year will also play a part, however as a very general guide, I would expect them to be around 40 - 75cm tall in a 3 litre pot.Answered on 30/5/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:do Chaenomeles have to be grown against wall/fence or can they be stand alone?Asked on 3/3/2014 by Landfall from Petersfield
No it doesn't have to be grown against a wall or fence, it can be grow as a free standing shrub.Answered on 4/3/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Plant to cover a fence
Please can you suggest a shrub/tree that could be grown as an espalier on a new 2 metre close boarded fence, facing East by North-it gets a good few hours of sun in the morning. I need to cover about 10 to 12 feet in width, and the plant would need to be planted close to one end of the fence. (The fence borders a paved area leading into a border.) I would hope to start with something already fairly well grown if possible. Many thanksAsked on 6/12/2009 by Rita Ireland
A:Hello There, The best options would be one of the following
or Garrya http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/garrya-elliptica-james-roof/classid.3880 Unfortunately though we only sell the sizes listed on our site and none of them will have been trained into an espalier. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/12/2009 by Rita Ireland
A:Dear Helen, Thank you for the reply. I had been thinking about Pyracantha so you have confirmed that this would be suitable.Answered on 8/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Plants to deter cats
Hello, my tiny terrace garden was recently made over at some expense but my 2 beloved moggies have ruined the one flower bed by using it as a loo-I am about to spend yet more money on having it cleaned up but how do I deter the cats from ruining it again? They are outdoor cats and use the catflap and there is nowhere indoors to put a litter tray anyway. Friends suggested several centimetres of woodchips? on the soil would put them off but I would value your advice before I invest. Also, which perfumed lilies are poisonous to cats?-or are they all? I am not thinking of poisoning the 2 moggies but I would like some lilies in pots but not if they are going to harm the cats. Also, suggestions of perfumed climbing shrubs that will stand shade. Many thanks SoniaAsked on 23/7/2009 by Sonia Richardson
A:Hello There, There are a couple of ways you can deter cats from the garden. Firstly you can plant lots of things that have spines or thorns, thus making it awkward for them to dig in - here are some of my favourites. Pyracantha's are ideal - this is a prickly wall shrub that has small white flowers which become fabulous red berries in autumn. http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=pyracantha Berberis is another good choice: http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=berberis Chaenomeles: http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=chaenomeles Ilex (holly): http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=ilex All of the above plants are evergreen (except Chaenomeles), so you will have year round interest. There are loads of cat deterrents on the market that work by scent or water. We have a few on our site. http://www.crocus.co.uk/products/_/tools/pest-control/cats/prcid.87/vid.484/ Other methods that you could try include sprinkling curry powder around the boundaries where they frequent, drying your used tea bags and then putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on them before scattering in the garden. Orange peel when broken into small pieces and scattered around the borders works wonders and it's cheap as does grated, perfumed soap. As for the lilies, I think they are all quite toxic to cats, so they should be avoided. Finally, the best scented climbers for shade are the Loniceras - just click on the following link to go straight to them http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lonicera/ I hope this helps and good luck! Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 24/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What can I grow in clay soil?
I have clay soil and am finding it hard to grow anything at all. I am not a gardener so not keen on digging in good compost, besides that my garden is so big it would take me ages. Are there any plants, shrubs that grow well in clay soil? I was thinking of a Chaenomeles. Have you any other suggestions? Many thanks MargaretAsked on 26/6/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Margaret, There are loads of plants which will grow in clay soil including trees, shrubs, roses and climbers, which don't need to be lifted and divided every few years. Planting should be tackled when the soil is reasonably dry, early autumn or early spring seem to be the best times. If you really can't face digging, then you should apply bulky organic matter (like composted bark) as a generous layer of mulch in the autumn and the worms will help work it into the soil over the winter. Gypsum is also quite effective in helping to break down most clay soils. The Chaenomeles should be fine in your clay soil, provided it does not stay too wet for any length of time. For more ideas, just click on the following link, which will take you straight to all the clay-loving plants we sell. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/vid.9/numitems.0/sort.0/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Does my Japanese flowering quince have edible fruit?
I bought a Japanese flowering quince about 2 years ago and the crop of fruit this year is larger and more uniformly yellow-pink than last year's - is the fruit purely ornamental or can I use it in cooking?Asked on 27/9/2006 by Delphine
A:The fruit of Chaenomeles are palatable when cooked, but really its grown as an ornamental plant.Answered on 28/9/2006 by Crocus
Q:How can I stop cats fouling in my garden?
I have a problem with cats fouling in my garden. Is there anything you can suggest that I use to to prevent this?Asked on 26/4/2005 by Pam McCarthy
A:There are a couple of ways you can deter cats from the garden. Firstly you can plant lots of things that have spines or thorns, which will make it awkward for them to squeeze past or dig around - here are some of my favourites. Pyracantha http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.pyracantha/?s=pyracantha Berberis http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.berberis/?s=berberis Chaenomeles http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.chaenomeles/?s=chaenomeles Ilex http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/hedging-rhs-licenced-range/ilex-aquifolium-/classid.2000014478/ With the exception of the Chaenomeles, all of the above plants are evergreen, so will provide year round interest. Failing that, we do have a number of different deterrents - just click on the link below to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/products/_/tools/pest-control/cats/prcid.87/vid.484/Answered on 26/4/2005 by Crocus
Q:What climber can I grow in a shady area?
I have a blank wall that only gets sun late afternoon. Can you please advise me what I should choose?Asked on 21/3/2005 by william high
A:There are some lovely climbers that would be suitable for your shady wall. Just click on the link below each plant to find out more about that particular one. 'Lonicera japonica Halliana' - pure white flowers that fade to yellow http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1678&CategoryID= 'Chaenomeles x superba Crimson and Gold' - a wall shrub with red flowers http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=780&CategoryID= 'Jasminum nudiflorum' - wall shrub with bright yellow flowers in winter http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1667&CategoryID= 'Schizophragma hydrangeoides' - hydrangea-like white flowers http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4374&CategoryID= 'Hedera varieties - evergreen climbers http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/pl/?q=edera 'Garrya elliptica James Roof' - has extra long, silky catkins http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3880&CategoryID= Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris' - climbing hydrangea http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1665&CategoryID= Parthenocissus - fiery autumnal colours http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=parthenocissusAnswered on 22/3/2005 by Crocus
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