Japonica Blossom

Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan

Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan

Japonica Chaenomeles Japonicus (Ornamental Quince)

Perennial Shrub. Native to Japan.
Flowers: Orange to orange/red produced in profusion in early spring,
Fruit: yellow fruit in autumn, small, apple-shaped, very hard and astringent.  Unpleasant to eat raw, though they do soften and become less astringent after frost (when they are said to be “bletted”)
Use: suitable for making liqueurs, marmalade and preserves as they contain more pectin than apples and true quinces. The fruit contains more vitamin C than lemons

Means: temptation

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