Chaenomeles Superba Nicoline Japanese Quince The Chaenomeles Superba varieties of Japanese flowering quince are small to medium-sized deciduous shrubs. Prized for their attractive form, the abundance of lovely blossoms and resilient nature, these ornamental quinces are a frequent sight in UK gardens and are among the most beautiful and easily cultivated of the early spring-flowering shrubs. The variety Chaenomeles Superba Nicoline is an excellent performer, best known for its spreading habit. Its extraordinary qualities have even been recognized by the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1993, this cultivar received the coveted Award of Garden Merit, and it also has ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ badge.
Japanese Quince Nicoline is at its most attractive in early spring when its thorny, tangled branches are engulfed by masses of vibrant crimson blossoms. The cup-shaped flowers are circa 3.5 cm in width and stay on the branches for weeks, complemented by the emerging glossy green foliage. The fruit that follows is greenish yellow and very fragrant, usually 5 cm in size. The fruit is edible but best turned into jam or jellies. Chaenomeles are commonly known as the ornamental or flowering quinces or as opposed to their relatives – the fruiting quinces or Cydonia Oblonga. The Superba varieties are a cross between Chaenomeles Japonica and Chaenomeles Speciosa from China) are known for their small neat size and spreading habit.
Height and Spread of Chaenomeles Superba Nicoline Japanese Quince Nicoline is a small deciduous shrub of spreading habit that will grow to be 1 to 1.5 metres in height and spread.
How Hardy is Chaenomeles Superba Nicoline This ornamental Japanese flowering quince is fully hardy in the United Kingdom. It can withstand subzero temperatures, it is drought tolerant once established, as well as deer and rabbit resistant.
How To Use Chaenomeles Superba Nicoline Japanese Quince Nicoline is a highly-decorative shrub with many uses in the garden. The profusion of bright red blossoms in early spring combined with the tangled branches in a spreading habit will be noticed wherever you decide to plant this cultivar. Naturally, it makes this flowering quince a perfect specimen plant for small gardens. On its own, Japanese Quince Nicoline is best planted on a lawn or trained against a wall, so all of its many qualities can be appreciated. As for group plantings, this ornamental shrub thrives in open or mixed shrub borders.
How To Care for Chaenomeles Superba Nicoline People like to say that Japanese flowering quinces are virtually indestructible - and they are not wrong! Japanese Quince Nicoline is a robust, undemanding shrub that will thrive anywhere you plant it and adapt to most conditions with ease. However, for best results, choose well-drained soil and a spot in full sun to partial shade. Cut back immediately after flowering if you need to trim.