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Chaenomeles speciosa (Sweet) Nak. var. japonica ‘Rubra’

See Chaenomeles speciosa (Sweet) Nak. var. japonica.  Rubra’ is a cultivar with red flowers.  How it differs from the variety figured under Chaenomeles speciosa japonica is unclear and that illustration is also used here.  ‘Rubra grandiflora’, of low and spreading habit with large, crimson flowers, is an old variety raised in Belgium.  [Hilliers']. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.791/1845].


Published Feb 05, 2010 - 05:00 PM | Last updated Jul 31, 2011 - 04:57 PM

Figured are ovate leaves and single, deep brick red flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.692, 1803.

Chaenomeles speciosa (Sweet) Nak. var. japonica | BM t.692/1803 | BHL


Family Rosaceae
Region of origin


Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Pyrus Japonica rubra 

Confidence level medium