Unusual for a ‘Chojubai’ Japanese flowering quince, this old tree has been in full-on flowering mode since mid-August. Although a Chojubai can typically push a flower almost any month of the year, they are generally at peak flowering from January-April, before the leaves come out. This amount of flowering in the summer is not common.
It is common, though, to see this few leaves on a Chojubai at this time of year. In late summer more than half the leaves will yellow and drop off, and it’s nothing to panic over. The tree is just taking a break. In a couple more months all the leaves will be gone. So that’s what’s going on there. This tree not in the right pot, though, so please don’t write me about that… a smaller, square turquoise pot will be its new home next year.