• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
    Spring flowers, fall berries
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:py-ra-KAN-tha cok-SIN-i-a
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring flowers, fall berries
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Design IdeasHere is an excellent groundcover for a bank or the sunny part of the garden. Do select a place without foot traffic, since the thorny stems are a deterrent. Bright orange berries brighten the fall and winter landscape.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 5 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.Pruning time: winter.
    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 that exhibits a prostrate ground-hugging habit.