• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Highly Ornamental Berries
    Blooms:
    Spring flowers, winter berries.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:py-ra-KAN-tha an-gus-ti-FOH-li-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring flowers, winter berries.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Rustic
    Design IdeasUse this handsome shrub services primarily as hedging material in areas of difficult climates. It's naturally thorny branches make it a valuable security barrier against intruders and larger animals. Use it for perimeters or as a visual barrier in sideyards. Abundance of bright berries are relished by birds so plants serve a valuable role in habitat gardens. Tolerance of shearing takes on a more formal hedge and plants are highly adaptable to flat wall espalier in the traditional French method. Also well suited to gardens of crafters and flower arrangers who use with winter berries for decorating.
    Companion PlantsPampas Grass (Cortederia); Weigela (Weigela); Beautyberry (Callicarpa); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Chokeberry (Aronia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in average, well-drained soil with medium to slightly dry moisture levels. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This cultivar was developed by Monrovia Nursery Co. in 1985. It belongs to a large group of shrubs in the Rose family and closely related to both hawthorn and cotoneaster. The genus was classified by Max Roemer of Germany in the mid 19th Century, who named it from the Greek for fire and thorn to describe red fruits and spiny branches. This species was first assigned as Cotoneaster angustifolia by Adrien Franchet, 1834-1900 of the Jardin des Plantes, Paris. It was corrected in the 20th century by Camilio Schneider of Germany. This species is native to China and no doubt reached Franchet through French Jesuits who botanized this new territory sending their discoveries to Paris rather than Kew.
    Lore:
    As a member of the same family as apples, pyracantha berries are quite similar albiet smaller. They're edible, although not particularly tasty and have been used to make jelly and even home made wine.

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