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I just bought my house last summer and I have no idea what this bush in my yard is that has pink buds that open into green leaves. I live in Michigan where we've had a cold spring so it's just now starting to leaf out.

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    Grins, there is absolutely no possible way to ID over the internet without at least photographs. Pink flowers and green leaves, let me see...must be thousands of shrubs with pink flowers (pink as they are in bud but what color when fully open), green leaves are you saying this plant is deciduous?
    – stormy
    May 2 '18 at 22:34
  • Yes stormy, it's deciduous. Just bright green leaves that start out as bright pink buds. I was able to edit and upload pics hopefully they show up soon. May 3 '18 at 0:41
  • And I’m making a first guess based on the photo: Chaenomeles speciosa, flowering or Chinese quince. But I’ll happily wait for more pictures before I write a full answer.
    – Stephie
    May 3 '18 at 12:42
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    Use your hand behind flower/leaf to get focus on your camera.
    – VividD
    May 3 '18 at 15:16
  • How tall / wide is the plant? Does it have some kind of thorns?
    – Stephie
    May 4 '18 at 5:42
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I'm pretty sure this is Chaenomeles, probably Chaenomeles superba 'Pink Lady', which is almost thornless; the flowerbuds are dark pink but open to a paler pink. If the flowers are pollinated, then you should get some fruits later in the year, but quite often, there are no fruits at all, or just one or two. https://mikesgardentop5plants.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/flowering-quince-chaenomeles/. If you don't mind losing fruits, this plant is best pruned directly after flowering, if you want to reshape or reduce its size. Doing so should create a bushier plant.

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  • I think you are correct. It appears to be thornless, flowers are lighter pink than the buds, and I did see a few fruits laying on the ground near it, but I never associated then to the shrub. I thought maybe a squirrel had carried them up the tree next to it : ) Thank you for your help! May 11 '18 at 10:50

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