I'd never heard of a quince, much less a Japanese Quince, but I was quickly educated after purchasing this property two years ago.
This is what was in the back yard when I moved in:
Not a very impressive bunch of dried sticks but within a very short time, it morphed into this
|Quince Starting to Bud|
... so I didn't give up hope.
Once I saw this
... I had to know what type of shrub those beautiful flowers came from. My research tells me it is a Japanese Quince, a hardy shrub that tolerates most soil and sunlight conditions. It's done well in my mostly clay soil, and survived both drought and flood conditions with no ill effects.
I first thought it might have been some sort of rose bush because it has thorns similar to a rose, but didn't find any relationship between the two. The Japanese Quince is an early blooming shrub, one of the first things to pop in the spring, along with forsythia and daffodils. It bears a small green fruit that is very bitter to taste, but apparently makes a wonderful jelly. Two years ago I only saw one fruit, but last year there were quite a few. The fruit of the quince is smaller than an apple and quite hard. The chickens didn't even want to eat them.
My girls love to pull 'bug duty' around my quince, then rest in the dirt beneath it. Catching bugs is hard work, you know.
Not quite in full bloom yet, this is what my Japanese Quince looks like this morning:
When fully flowered, it's a beautiful sight with a lovely punch of color.