PYRACANTHA (Firethorn) Evergreen – Sun
Pyracantha spp. Ht. 3’-15’ Spread 3’-15’
pie-ra-CAN-tha Spacing 4’-8’
HABIT: Large sprawling, vine like, thorny shrub. White flowers in spring, red or orange berries in fall and winter. Can grow free form as a shrub or be trained to wall or fence.
CULTURE: Likes well prepared, well drained beds. Good positive drainage is critical. Needs careful pruning to control growth. Consistent fertilization is important.
USES: Barrier, screen, or mass planting.
PROBLEMS: Aphids, scale, lacebugs, mealybugs, red spider, root rot.
NOTES: Also called firethorn. Dwarf forms are available and are better for mass planting. I do not really recommend any of them. Many have died out around the state. Native to Europe and Asia.