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Burning controversy over name of red flowering bush brings letters from readers

Photographer wrong, Editor right -- it's not a burning bush. The red flowering bush in the photo is officially a Texas Quince.
By Linda Waggener

The writer Jason Harmon got it exactly right by being close to an expert: "...One of the guys I work with runs a greenhouse. He thinks the flower is a Quince Texas Scarlet. He has had his for 15 years. He said it is almost impossible to get rid of. The roots are real hard and just a pain to dig up..."

Elaine Burton Cooley also got the name exactly right. She writes: "...I grew up in the Christine area of Road 206. Mike and I have a bush in our yard that looks a lot like the one in the picture that is a "Quince Bush."

It often has an apple like fruit that can be made into jelly or preserves.

Becky Bell writes: "Linda, I think that is either a Crepe Myrtle or Wigelia(sp) Not sure but I think maybe that is what it is...tell Ed it's definitely not a burning bush."

Trilby Vance: "...I think it is a burning bush too. Alice Tabor had one in her yard..."

Kathy Jones: "...the flower shown is a Japonaka bush..."

Tonya Melson agreed with the photographer because her folks also referred to it as a burning bush. She writes: "...The flower that you're trying to identify is called a burning bush. I have one in my yard just like it and that's what old timers refer to it as..."

Sharon Sue Burton: "...The red bush is beautiful. I'm sorry I have no idea what the name of it is. I hope somebody out there knows. We have about 5-6 of them that my husband planted several years ago. He got them from his Mom and Dad's yard where they thinned some out. They are all along our driveway. I have wondered for years what to call them so hopefully I am getting ready to find out in the near future. I really enjoy reading Columbia Magazine and can pick up a lot of good helpful information..."

And lastly, Ann wrote: "...I don't know what the bush is called, I could hardly pay attention to it for looking at the beautiful stone fence..."

click here To revisit the photo that started the investigations.

You can also search on Google for Texas Quince and find lots more on this flowering shrub.

Thanks, everyone for helping get this right!

This story was posted on 2006-04-07 09:48:10
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