Pyracantha koidzumii 'Victory'Item #6900 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
This bold, upright shrub displays intense red berry clusters late in the season and holds them through winter. An excellent choice for use as a hedge, screen, or windbreak. Thorny stems are excellent to create a barrier planting. Small, white, spring flowers produce attractive berries in the fall. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide in natural form.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:py-ra-KAN-tha kohd-ZUM-ee-eyePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide in natural form.Special features:Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Fall Color, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasUse this versatile shrub as an espalier against a wall, or leave it free standing to form its own fence. Its dark foliage and bright red berry clusters make a fine addition to the mixed border or wildlife garden . Plant several to form an informal screen or security barrier.Companion PlantsPampas Grass (Cortederia); Weigela (Weigela); Beautyberry (Callicarpa); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Chokeberry (Aronia)
- CareCare InformationProvide average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, 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:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Pyracantha is part of the Rosaceae family and is native to southeastern Europe over to southeastern Asia. P. koidzumii is specific to Taiwan where it is threatened by habitat loss. Victory is a selection of P. koidzumii, and not hybridized from other species. Pyracantha berries are not poisonous. They are extremely bitter to human taste, but are a favorite amongst a variety of birds.