• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Highly Ornamental Berries
    Spring flowers, followed by bright fall berries.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:py-ra-KAN-tha
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Spring flowers, followed by bright fall berries.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Rustic
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.


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