Flowering Quince is a deciduous shrub that is grown for its pretty red or pink spring flowers. While it will produce fruit like Quince trees Flowering Quince’s fruit is not pleasant to eat raw but it can be used in marmalades and jams. It blooms early in the spring and is very easy to grow requiring only full to partial sun and soil that is moist but not too wet. It grows up to 6 feet tall but there are shorter varieties of the shrub available as well. Its thorns also make it a good choice as a barrier plant and can be an effective deterrent to unwanted visitors. Finally, its branches can be cut in late winter and brought indoors for forcing too! 

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