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Red hot perennial shrub Double Take™ Quince

Updated on April 29, 2016
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I inherited my love of gardening from my mother and grandmother. I am a garden blogger, freelance writer, and Master Gardener emeritus.

Color blast in late spring

Double Take™ 'Pink Storm' Quince Chaenomeles
Double Take™ 'Pink Storm' Quince Chaenomeles | Source

Try thornless quince for floral arrangements

Double Take™ 'Pink Storm' Quince Chaenomeles long lasting cut flower.
Double Take™ 'Pink Storm' Quince Chaenomeles long lasting cut flower. | Source

Look for this plant

Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm' Quince Chaenomeles speciosa

I bought this new quince last spring, when it first came out. The blooms lasted for days. In an early spring garden with few shrubs leafed out, these bright red blossoms, are literally a standout.

It would be a good, thornless cut flower. Scarlet Storm is heat and drought tolerant. It is said to be deer resistant and does not set fruit.

Carefully plan where you will place this perennial, it gets to be 4' tall. As a deciduous shrub, I expect it to be around for years.* Someday, the tag says, it can grow 36-48” tall and about that wide. Can you imagine all those bright red flowers?

It gets full sun in my yard. But this quince can take part sun to full sun. Devote your full attention to it until it is well established. Once you get it off to a good start, it requires little attention.

When pruning, remember it blooms on old wood every spring. One thing I like about the bright blooms is that hey last a long time. After the flowers are past their prime, they still remain vibrant, so they are still great color from a distance.

'Scarlet Storm' is what's hot in home gardens

Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm' Quince Chaenomeles
Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm' Quince Chaenomeles | Source

Good help is hard to find

The Head Weeder and Hole Digger cut the other one down at ground level this spring. “Sorry, I thought it was a weed,” he said. This surprised me. Usually he just says, “I thought it was a weed” about eggplant and beets.

Quince is a tree the produces a hard fruit the looks like a misshaped pear. I've only read about it used in making jelly or preserves and have never tasted quince. But I would not want that fruit drop in my flower garden.

Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm' Quince Chaenomeles speciosa does not produce fruit and grows to a dwarf height and width of 3' to 4'.

There is also an “Orange Storm” and a “Pink Storm” which are like the “Scarlet Storm” except for the bloom color. But it was that clear, bright, scarlet color that caught my eye.

* I plan on buying another Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm' Quince, to replace the one cut off in the beginning of it's young life. That will happen just after the plant identification review with the Head Weeder.

More flowers every year

Double Take™ 'Orange Storm' Quince Chaenomeles
Double Take™ 'Orange Storm' Quince Chaenomeles | Source

Hot new perennial

If you are looking for this beautiful shrub, try Proven Winners.

Their site lists where you can buy the plants. I like to support the businesses that support our community. Local independent retailers are listed in your area.

This ornamental shrub has very little resemblance the central Asian tree (Cydonia oblonga ). As a member of the family Rosaceae, it is related to apples, pears and roses. The tree is more often grown as an ornamental tree or shrub.

The thorny branches have beautiful, scarlet, white and pink, flowers. It is seldom grown for it's fruit. The fruits are small and very astringent.

Easy to grow Double Take™ Quince

'Scarlet Storm'
Double Take™
Pink Storm
Double Take™
Orange Storm
Double Take™

Double Take™ Quince Chaenomeles speciosa in three colors.

Long lasting "Double Take"

Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm' Quince Chaenomeles is bright, clear, red and lasts for weeks.
Double Take™ 'Scarlet Storm' Quince Chaenomeles is bright, clear, red and lasts for weeks. | Source

How to plant a shrub

  • Dig a hole twice as big as the container.
  • Fill hole with water and let it drain.
  • When the hole is completely drained, remove container from plant.
  • Place plant in hole, adjusting the direction or position to your liking.
  • Back fill the plant in the hole, adjusting the height.
  • No need to add soil amendments or fertilizer.
  • Firm soil around plant, eliminating any air pockets.
  • Water in the plant.

It is possible that you won't see any signs of growth because your plant is devoting it's energy to establishing the root system. Keep the plant well watered. Layer the uncovered soil with a 1 or 2” of mulch to help retain moisture.


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