• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
    Blooms:
    Spring flowers, followed by bright fall berries.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:py-ra-KAN-tha cok-SIN-i-a
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring flowers, followed by bright fall berries.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Rustic
    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.
    Companion PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Rose (Rosa); Chokeberry (Aronia); Weigela (Weigela); Pampas Grass (Cortederia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in most average, well-drained soils. 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. Space 5 ft. apart as a groundcover; closer for faster coverage. Control weeds with mulch until plants fill in.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.