Chaenomeles japonica is a species of Japanese Quince. It is a thorny deciduous shrub that is commonly cultivated. It is shorter than another commonly cultivated species C. speciosa, growing to only about 1 m in height. The fruit is called Kusa-boke in Japanese. It is best known for its colourful spring flowers of red, white, pink or multi. It produces apple-shaped fruit that are a golden-yellow colour containing red-brown seeds. The fruit is edible but hard. Chaenomeles japonica is also popularly grown in bonsai.
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