Chaenomeles superba ‘Jet Trail’ is a compact deciduous shrub from the flowering quince family. This flowering quince is easy to care for and looks great in beds and borders as well as a hedge. It grows to about 4ft or 120cm. Chaenomeles belongs to the Rosaceae family of plants. It is related to the quince but Chaenomeles is grown as an ornamental plant especially for its flowers. They are commonly known as Japanese Quince though there are different species, not all Japanese. The three different hybrids are Chaenomeles x superba, Chaenomeles japonica (Japanese Quince), and Chaenomeles speciosa (Chinese flowering quince). Other common names are Japanese Quince ‘Jet Trail, Flowering Quince ‘Jet Trail’, Chaenomeles japonica ‘Jet Trail’.
Chaenomeles flowers range in red, pink, and white or sometimes a mixture. Chaenomeles superba ‘Jet Trail’ has pure white flowers with golden anthers. It blooms in spring with a profusion of flowers that are about 1.5in or 4cm wide. They usually appear on leafless thorny branches but on some climates, the leaves start early and some flowers do bloom with leaves. After flowering in early autumn, it produces yellow-green fragrant fruits, like a small apple. They are edible but bitter, usually, they are cooked into jams.
Chaenomeles superba ‘Jet Trail’ does best in the sun and produces more flowers in the sun but it could be planted in partial shade as well. Plant it in average but well-drained soil. It does alright in moist soils including clay. It is drought- tolerant, rabbit, and deer -tolerant and requires minimum care and pruning except to shape or cut dead branches. It flowers on old growth. Chaenomeles superba ‘Jet Trail’ leaves are glossy green. The plant is hardy but in very cold winters you can cover it so it is protected from the frost. Watch our for fungal leaf spot or fireblight otherwise it is pest-free.