If your Chojubai does this, don’t worry…
‘Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…’ And your Chojubai is losing its leaves. And you are freaking out.
Well, maybe don’t.
In the middle of summer, right around now, your ‘Chojubai’ dwarf flowering quince will yellow and drop off half its leaves. For most things, this would be a weird time of year to lose a lot of leaves, but Chojubai is definitely off the weird shelf, designed to keep us guessing.
Older Chojubai showing typical summer yellowing. There’s also some of the spotty flowering that tends to happen in the warm months.
Please note that this summer yellowing and dropping of leaves is not related to mosaic disease, which is a minor yellowing on leaf edges.
Another older tree showing the same thing. Notice also that the new foliage is larger than the spring foliage.
These little quince are rather oddballs in that they don’t seem particularly interested in the leaves they grow. Fickle, more like it. They’ll use them for a while, then ditch them in nearest compost pile they can find. Shameful, wasteful life forms. But they seem to be happy, and simply grow a second set of leaves in the summer. These are often bigger than the spring set of leaves, but your older Chojubai will still look more sparse in the summertime.
The young plants are a different story. They can drop some summer leaves too, but sometimes not. And in a hot summer year like this one, will keep pushing long shoots…
Young Chojubai throwing long shoots in the summer. These plants have none of the yellowing leaves of the older plants.
Hot summers can push long growth on Chojubai. I measured one that was charging off, currently 33″ long…and still growing.