The flowering quince is a deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub that grows to be around 4ft high. The stems are thorny, making it good for barrier planting. Fairly quickly growing, it is long lived. The chaenomeles flowering quince is a great asset to the garden in winter, producing its flowers on the bare branches in the spring. There are several lovely cultivars with flowers with scarlet, apricot, and crimson tones of color. It's best to let these grow naturally, it looks unnatural when cut into a box shape. They prefer full sun but can get by with just a half day sun. Not happy in shaded areas. It tolerates a wide range of soils as long as drainage is good.