|Flowers of C. speciosa|
Chaenomeles speciosa (commonly known as flowering quince or Japanese quince or as zhou pi mugua in traditional Chinese medicine) is a thorny deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub native to eastern Asia. It is taller than another commonly cultivated species, C. japonica, usually growing to about 2 m (6 ft 7 in). The flowers are usually red, but may be white or pink, and the fruit is a fragrant but hard pome that resembles a quince.
This plant is widely cultivated in temperate regions for its twining habit and its showy flowers which appear early in the season - occasionally even in midwinter. It is frequently used as an informal low hedge. Numerous cultivars with flowers in shades of white, pink and red have been selected. The following cultivars and hybrids have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-
- Pseudocydonia (Chaenomeles sinensis), also called mugua and "Chinese quince"
- Papaya, a tropical fruit that shares the name mugua
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- article Effects and mechanisms of glucosides of chaenomeles speciosa on collagen-induced arthritis in rats
- Information from USDA PLANTS
- Information from Plants for a Future
- Information from Chinese Medicine Basics
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