Japanese Kwee Pear 'Red Trail' - ShrubChaenomeles x superba 'Red Trail'
An attractive bush that flowers in early spring with bright red blossom, bringing sweet scented quince fruit in the autumn. Japanese quince makes great ground cover, it will not take over and is a slow grower. Make delicious jams with the fruits. Quince smells great in the linen cupboard too!Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreChaenomeles x superba ‘Red Trail’ will thrive as ground cover in the garden. Make sure the root ball is well moistened. Prepare a suitable hole in fertile soil that isn't too dry. Improve the soil with a mix of compost. Plant the quince at the appropriate depth - the top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Refill the hole with soil, press firmly down and water immediately after planting. Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles x superba ‘Red Trail’) thrives in fertile, even clay soil that is not too dry, in full sun or part shade.
Using Japanese Quince as ground coverEspecially when grown in large groups, Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles x superba ‘Red Trail’) makes wonderful ground cover. The oval leaves cover the ground very well. Plant Japanese Quince between free-standing shrubs like Camellia Japonica, Sambucus Nigra 'Thundercloud' or Clethra Alnifolia 'Pink Spire'.
Show moreJapanese Quince (Chaenomeles x superba ‘Red Trail’) is an easily grown perennial requiring minimal maintenance. Older plants are really quite drought resistant.
Pruning is possible, but not too rigorously as this will not be tolerated and is in any case not really necessary to encourage growth – just a little, to keep the shape nice.
Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles x superba ‘Red Trail’) is exceptionally hardy.
Pruning Flowering QuinceYou can prune this plant but it won't appreciate anything too rigorous. Just do it to keep it nicely in shape – for the growth and health it's really not necessary.
Show moreJapanese Quince (Chaenomeles x superba ‘Red Trail’) loses its leaves and has thorny stems. The gorgeous scarlet blooms are often already on view in very early spring, even before the leaf appears. The more sun, the more blossom.
Chaenomeles is classified as Rosaceae.
QuincesQuinces will develop after flowering – these firm, yellow, apple like fruits are edible although have a somewhat bitter flavour. They make great jam! The fruits last a long time and smell deliciously of apple. They are therefore often used in the linen cupboard as air fresheners.