There is considerable confusion in nursery catalogues and among gardeners concerning the correct naming of certain popular species in this genus. Botanists have now decided that the plant which many gardeners call japonica or Cydoniajaponica is Chaenomeles speciosa. On a wall this flowers from January to early spring with red, pink or white flowers, depending on varieiy. It grows to about 8 ft. and the large fruits can be used to make quince jelly. Other species are listed in catalogues, naming again being rather confusing through no fault of the nurseryman! Chaenomeles may also be grown in the open. They are easily increased by planting the suckers which are found near the base of older bushes.

Before buying a particular species or variety it is advisable to see some plants in flower at a nursery or elsewhere.

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