Author Topic: Chaenomeles speciosa  (Read 1887 times)

JRob

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Chaenomeles speciosa
« on: February 27, 2012, 08:43 PM »
Evening All,

Three years ago my teacher recommend I pick up a copy of "Four Seasons of Bonsai" by Kyuro Murata. It has had a profound effect on the development of my collection. Because of it I purchased 2 immature trees of Japanese quince because I knew that they would be early harbingers of a new growing season on my benches. The only other contender I know of here in STL could be witch hazel. One of my quince is an unknown variety and the other of the cv 'Toyonishiki' I picked them both up because of the early flowing habits of and thought they'd be an early splash of color on the benches. My toyo is a prolific and dependable bloomer and is currently loaded with flowers buds (see pic 3) for a close up shot. It is still in a growing pot and it will begin its bonsai journey this year. However what I am really excited about is the other tree (pics 1 & 2). I only spent $10.00 on it and it has its first flower buds this year and therefor will bloom for the first time. How wonderful is that! I am showing it not because it is a great bonsai but because it reminds me that you do not have to spend a fortune on tree in order for it to bring a great deal of enjoyment and after all isn't that what this is all about.
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Adair M

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Re: Chaenomeles speciosa
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 11:21 PM »
Do you have an Ume?  They bloom in the dead of winter.  Really cool to have blooms in Dec and Jan.

I love Toyonishiki blooms.  My favorite of the quinces.
 

JRob

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Re: Chaenomeles speciosa
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2012, 08:10 PM »
Three days of mid-to-upper 80's and everything is opening. Her is her first flower. Yippee! I am so happy. Isn't she beautiful.

JRob
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Chaenomeles speciosa
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 10:07 AM »
A few others you might consider getting are Cornus mas, Prunus mume 'Yabai' and 'Hibai' (as Adair mentioned), Chaenomeles sp. 'Chochubai', Edgeworthia chrysantha (although likely not hardy), and Daphne odora (definitely not hardy).  Camellia japonica (wild form) have wonderful flowers in late winter.  'Wabiske White and Red' are good selections for bonsai.  Quince are great as are witchhazel.