- BOTANICAL NAME: Pyracantha coccinea
- 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.