Quince or Not

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  1. dustyantlr

    dustyantlr Member

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    On a trip to Tilghmans Island/Maryland in the beginning of June, I noticed a brightly orange flowering shrub approximately 8 feet tall. I would like to know the name of the shrub and where to purchase one. The closest I can come to identifying the shrub is maybe an Orange Storm Double Quince. The Quince that I am familiar with usually grows to 4 feet and has thorns, this shrub has none. Will this shrub hold its leaves throughout the year? See attached picture.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Can you add a close-up showing the details of the leaves and flowers, please?
     
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    Weedbender Active Member 10 Years

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    Reminds me of a Flowering Pomegranate, but i think they flower later in the season.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    When you keep clicking to enlarge you can just make out it is in fact a Punica. Leaves and flowers of Chaenomeles are quite different, actually.
     
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    I had to take pictures from outside the yard. This is the best I can do. If you look at the shadow cast by the leaves against the house it somewhat defines the outline.

    If the plant is a Punica can you tell me what varity. Do you think it is a fruit bearing or a flowering varity.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I have the impression many, if not most pomegranates produce both - under suitable conditions. But if by "fruiting" you mean a kind selected specifically to produce fruits of extra large size or otherwise superior for table use I suspect this is probably not one of them - it looks like the flowers may even be doubled. This seems to be the most common version, perhaps a much-propagated single cultivar.
     

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