Pyracantha coccinea 'Lowboy'Item #6800 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
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Handsome, low spreader displays small but abundant creamy white flowers then bright orange berries. Its vigorous nature makes it an effective groundcover. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:py-ra-KAN-tha cok-SIN-i-aDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Fall Color, Ornamental Berries, WaterwiseFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring flowers, fall berriesFlower color:WhiteDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.