CHAENOMELES SPECIOSA “Spitfire” (Flowering Quince)


The Flowering Quince is an heirloom Deciduous flowering shrub often seen in gardens of historic homes across the country.

“Spitfire” is a beautiful variety to 5ftx5ft. making it much easier to include in gardens where the old-fashioned varieties grew too large. It is a beautiful deciduous shrub with dark green leaves and vivid red flowers that cover the stems.

Chaenomeles tolerate poor soil and are quite drought resistant. This makes them easy to care for and nearly indestructible once established. However, moderate watering is appreciated weekly in the heat of summer. Leafy, vibrant blooms will appear on old growth and are most prevalent in full sun.

The Blooms are the main attraction of this ornamental bloomer to both humans and pollinators. So, you can leave them unpruned for the butterflies and bees or prune some of the flowering branches for an indoor centerpiece.

Fun Fact: It can be purchased by Bonzai lovers for use indoors as well.


Colorado Hardy Plants are just that… hardy! We have sought out plant varieties that provide low maintenance, use little or no water once established, and are simply hardy enough to grow where others don’t.

We grow and ship our plants in 5″ or quart-size (in certain varieties) plastic containers. Knowing that the root system is the most important part of the plant we guarantee. our plants to have a large root system that fills the container.

CHP is a small family operation! We propagate, pot, water, prune, and personally package the plants you order from us. Most of our plants are grown from cuttings taken from the plants or seeds collected nearby the nursery at an elevation of 6300 ft. Our weather is extreme with temps below 0 are common in the winter and intense sunlight all summer long. We don’t grow plants in heated greenhouses, they have to be able to survive the elements!

Please note that deciduous plants ordered in the winter months and early spring will have been pruned a minimum of 30% compared to photos and may have no leaves

Our nursery is also licensed and inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Nursery Division and holds a current Japanese Beetle Certificate. We only ship USPS Priority Mail, so your plants are sure to arrive quickly. You’ll note in our feedback that our shipping process is a sight to behold. We love our customers so please don’t hesitate to reach out via our website at

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