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Pyracantha coccineaPyracantha coccinea

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Pyracantha coccinea
    pi-ra-CAN-tha cok-SIN-i-a
  • COMMON NAME: Firethorn
  • FAMILY: Rosaceae
  • NATIVITY: Italy to Caucasus
  • GROWTH HABIT: Open shrub.
  • SIZE: 6-18' tall and wide
  • HARDINESS: Zone 6-9
  • CULTURE: Full to partial sun and well-drained, dry soil.  Prune regularly (any time of year) to manage growth. Plant from containers in spring; does not transplant well.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Good for hedges or screens if kept well-pruned. Makes excellent espaliers on walls or trellises.  Attracts birds.  Fruit provides great winter interest.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, lanceolate to oblanceolate, crenulate, 1/2 - 2 1/2" long and 1/4 - 3/4" wide, shiny deep green.  Young leaves have pubescence on underside.
  • BARK: Young stems are pubescent, mature stems are dark glossy brown with 1/2 - 3/4" spines.
  • FRUIT: Orange or red drupes, 1/4" in diameter, ripe from fall through winter.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed or cuttings.
  • PESTS: Fireblight, scab, twig blight, leaf blight, root rot, aphids, lace bug, scales.