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Double Take® Peach Quince

Chaenomeles speciosa

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Double Take® Peach Quince

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The Double Take® Peach Quince, scientifically known as Chaenomeles speciosa, is a stunning addition to any garden, especially for those who cherish springtime colors. This deciduous shrub, standing at a medium height of 4 to 5 feet with an equal spread, offers a breathtaking display of soft peachy-pink flowers that are sure to capture attention. Ideal for zones 5 through 9, it thrives in various climates, showcasing its resilience against cold winters.

One of the most remarkable features of the Double Take Peach is its thornless branches, making it a safer and more convenient choice for gardeners who enjoy flower arranging. This variety, unlike its predecessors, requires minimal maintenance, freeing you from the need for frequent pruning or intensive care. It's not just a feast for the eyes but also a haven for bees, adding to the ecological value of your garden.

This plant is perfect for those who desire long-lasting spring color with little effort. Its ability to withstand heat and dry conditions is a testament to its hardiness. Additionally, it's drought-tolerant, reducing the need for constant watering. The Double Take Peach Quince is versatile in its uses, suitable for border planting, as a cut flower, for screening, mass planting, or as a specimen in the landscape.

Plant Attributes

The Double Take® Peach Quince, known botanically as Chaenomeles speciosa, is a deciduous shrub that boasts a multitude of appealing attributes. It's a medium-sized plant, typically reaching heights and spreads of 4 to 5 feet, making it a versatile choice for various garden sizes and styles. The shrub's most striking feature is its vibrant orange flowers, which exude a soft peach hue, creating an eye-catching display in any garden setting. These blossoms emerge in mid to late spring, offering a refreshing burst of color after the winter months.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the Double Take Peach Quince is highly valued for its low maintenance requirements. This plant is particularly notable for its tolerance to heat and drought conditions, making it a resilient choice for gardeners in varying climates. It thrives best in full sun to partial shade, needing at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily for optimal growth and blooming.

Landscape Use

The Double Take® Peach Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) is a versatile and attractive shrub that can be used in various landscaping applications due to its striking appearance and hardy nature. Here are some key landscaping uses for this plant:

  1. Border Planting: Its moderate size and vibrant flowers make it ideal for border plantings, adding color and structure to garden edges.
  2. Specimen or Focal Point: The unique peach-colored flowers of the Double Take Peach Quince make it a great choice as a focal point in a garden or yard, drawing attention during its blooming season.
  3. Mass Planting: This shrub can be used in mass plantings to create a stunning and cohesive floral display in larger spaces like parks, large gardens, or as a flowering hedge.
  4. Mixed Shrubbery Beds: It can be combined with other shrubs and perennials to create varied textures and colors in mixed beds.
  5. Wildlife Gardens: Attracting bees, it's a good choice for wildlife or pollinator gardens, contributing to the local ecosystem.
  6. Cut Flower Gardens: Given its thornless branches and attractive blooms, it's suitable for cut flower gardens, allowing for easy and safe cutting.
  7. Cottage Gardens: Fits well in the informal, densely planted setting of a cottage garden, offering a burst of color in spring.
  8. Container Gardening: Can be grown in large containers, where it serves as a 'thriller' element due to its height and striking blooms.
  9. Erosion Control: Its root system and spread can help in stabilizing slopes and areas prone to erosion.
  10. Drought-Tolerant Landscapes: Its ability to withstand drought makes it suitable for xeriscaping or in gardens that receive less water.
  11. Coastal Landscapes: The shrub's tolerance for various conditions also makes it suitable for coastal landscapes, where it can endure salt and wind.
  12. Asian/Zen Gardens: The Double Take Peach Quince, with its simple yet elegant blooms, can be incorporated into Asian or Zen garden designs, adding a soft color palette.
  13. Urban Gardens: Its moderate size and low maintenance requirements make it a good choice for urban gardens, rooftops, or patio spaces.

These landscaping uses highlight the flexibility and beauty of the Double Take Peach Quince, making it a valuable addition to a wide range of garden styles and designs.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Double Take® Peach Quince involves a few key steps to ensure its healthy growth and vibrant blooming. Here's a comprehensive guide:

Planting Instructions:

  1. Timing: Plant in early spring or fall to give the plant time to establish its root system before extreme weather conditions (hot summers or cold winters).
  2. Location: Choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade. Full sun is preferable, especially in colder climates, for the best flower production.
  3. Soil: This quince prefers well-drained soil. Amend heavy clay soils or very sandy soils with compost to improve soil structure and fertility.
  4. Planting: Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring it’s at the same depth as it was in the pot. Backfill with soil, gently tamping down to remove air pockets.
  5. Watering After Planting: Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the roots.

Care Instructions:

  1. Watering: Once established, the Double Take Peach Quince is drought-tolerant. Water occasionally, more frequently in extreme heat or if planted in containers. Ensure the soil is moist but not waterlogged.
  2. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base to help retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the stem to prevent rot.
  3. Fertilizing: Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to support healthy growth and flowering. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates.
  4. Pruning: Minimal pruning is required. If needed, prune after flowering to shape the plant or remove any dead or damaged branches. Since it blooms on old wood, avoid heavy pruning to ensure abundant blooms the following season.
  5. Pest and Disease Management: This shrub is relatively disease-resistant. However, keep an eye out for common pests and diseases, and treat as necessary with appropriate fungicides or insecticides.
  6. Winter Care: In colder zones, provide extra protection during winter. Applying a thicker layer of mulch and wrapping the plant in burlap can help, especially in its first winter.
  7. Reblooming: Although primarily a spring bloomer, the Double Take Peach Quince may rebloom in the fall. Regular watering and removing spent flowers can encourage this.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Average, drought-tolerant once established; requires less frequent watering
  • Botanical Pronunciation: kee-NO-meh-leez spee-SHO-suh
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height and spread of 4-5 feet
  • Special features: Border Plant, Good for Screening, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point, Attracts Bees, Thornless, Suitable for Cut Flowers
  • Dramatic Foliage: No significant change in foliage color
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Mid to Late Spring
  • Flower color: Orange with a Peach shade
  • Flower attributes: Long Blooming, Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Asian/Zen, Traditional
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating a vibrant spring display in mixed borders, as a standalone specimen, or in mass plantings. Its thornless nature makes it perfect for gardens where children or pets play. Combine with spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips for a stunning display.
  • Companion Plants: Consider pairing with early spring bulbs, complementary shrubs like azaleas, or perennials that appreciate similar growing conditions.

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