• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
    Spring flowers, winter berries
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:py-ra-KAN-tha cok-SIN-i-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring flowers, winter berries
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasThis is an excellent shrub to espalier against a wall, where its fall and winter berries can be fully displayed. The tall, spiny shrub also works well as an informal intruder-resistant barrier hedge.
    Companion PlantsNearly Wild Rose (Floribunda) (Rosa x 'Nearly Wild') provides summer color with pink blooms while the pyracantha is covered in white flower clusters, and later the rose's orange hips reflect the orange-red berries. Other warm-weather shrubs that provide summer color include Lord Baltimore Rose Mallow (Hibiscus x 'Lord Baltimore') with crimson blossoms. Companion perennials such as Fern Leaf Yarrow (Achillea x 'Moonshine') can be planted at the base of the trunk.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    This large group of shrubs are 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. He also named this species for its coloring which is native to a large range in Southern Europe and Asia Minor. Its similarity to these other genera led it to be classified formerly in each. Edouard Spach, 1801-1879 of Strassbourg deemed it Cotoneaster pyracantha, and it was Crataegus pyracantha per Borkh. This is among the newer disease resistant cultivars.
    Pyracantha is a highly valued berry producer for Christmas decor in warm climate regions.