A Bunch of Quinces

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This has been a very fine year for my flowering quinces. Here are 3 of them.

The first one is my Pink Lady flowering quince. It began to blossom in the first week of December and is just now winding down.

I posted the second one, a Speciosa, earlier this year. Here it has all the flowers it can produce. Next year, there will be more. It is a collected tree, a division of a much larger plant, and is over 80 years old.

My Toyo Nishiki is the last in this series. This tree is a division of a cutting I bought from Brent in 2000. After division in 2001, it didn't flower until 2006. In 2008, I added 2 more cuttings. These new additions are the red variety of Toyo Nishiki. This tree is not the usual clump-style quince bonsai. It is roots-connected. This tree is young, and developing slowly. Still, because of the swirling sprawl of roots and the way suckers have sprung up, I am happy with it.

In these three quinces, and the two that will follow, my idea is the same: I want to provide as rugged a framework as possible to contrast with the display of flowers.
 

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Here are the last 2 quinces I have to show.

The first one is a Toyo Nishiki Red, which I got from Brent in 2003. I originally purchased it with the idea of grafting it onto my other Toyo Nishiki, but it never happened. Now I am thinking about making a single trunk bonsai and maybe grafting a few white branches on it. This tree has always been a terrific bloomer.

Finally, here is my Utamaro flowering quince. Unlike everything else I have, this is a Japonica cultivar. The flowers are a very unusual orange-red. I made this clump over a period of years by fusing a whole bunch of cuttings I got from Brent. This clump is still in development, still fusing. Eventually, I will raise it a bit higher in the pot so the base will be more visible.

I hope you enjoy my trees and the flowers they show.
 

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fredtruck, I love your Quinces, the Pink Lady is very nice in that shallow and simple rectangle pot. It must be cool to have these flowers so early in the season.
 

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Thanks, Boondock. It is wonderful to have flowers early. It really makes the long, harsh midwestern winter much more enjoyable.
 

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Hi Fred,

Beautiful Flowers! I love quinces. Thanks for posting!

Ryan
 

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