Pyracantha x 'Mohave'Item #6850 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
Lustrous dark green foliage adorns this vigorous, upright grower. Highly valued for its huge masses of bright red-orange berries that create a spectacle of fall color. An early fruiting variety. An excellent evergreen hedge, screen or accent.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:py-ra-KAN-thaPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Spring flowers, followed by bright fall berries.Flower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis stunning upright grower works well espaliered to show off its dark foliage, clusters of white flowers and red orange fall fruit. Planted in the sun, several espaliered Pyracantha can form a 'living fence'. They also can be mass planted for an informal hedge or barrier.Companion PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Rose (Rosa); Chokeberry (Aronia); Weigela (Weigela); Pampas Grass (Cortederia)
- CareCare InformationGrows easily in most average, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This outstanding, heat loving hybrid was developed at the U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C. and introduced there in 1963. It belongs to a large group of shrubs in the Rose family closely related to both hawthorne 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 P. coccinea, the likely parent of this hybrid for its coloring which is native to a large range in Southern Europe and Asia Minor. This is among the newer disease resistant cultivars. Pyracantha berries are not poisonous. They are extremely bitter to human taste, but are a favorite amongst a variety of birds.