A thorny deciduous shrub.
Flowers are on bare branches seen from mid-winter.
Comes in a variety of colours ranging from white, reds, orange-red & pinks.
Flowers are followed by quince like fruit which ripens in autumn. Very astringent but can be used in jams & jellies.
The fruit is fragrant.
Leaves are alternately arranged, simple, and have a serrated margin.
Prefers a position in full sun & can tolerate a range of soil types.
Ht: around 1m
Useful as a hedge due to the thorns, can be espaliered, floral arrangements, using the fruit for jellys etc.
By cuttings or suckers
Palmer's Manual of Trees, Shrubs & Climbers by Stanley J Palmer