Scarlet Firethorn, Firethorn
|These fast-growing shrubs are grown for their colorful fruit, evergreen foliage, hardiness and ease of care. Clusters of fragrant white flowers mass at the ends of last year's branches. Some types are ground covers, while others can be trained to grow up a wall, fence or trellis. Use as background or screen plants. Birds like the berries. Watch out for stiff sharp thorns. Buy plants in fruit to be sure of berry color. Plants under stress susceptible to fireblight, though disease-resistant varieties are available.
When trained against a west or south-facing wall as an espalier, Scarlet Firethorn's orange-red berries create a spectacular fall display. Good container plants, but watch out for thorns. Protect from winter winds in the North and ensure air circulation in the South. Watch for apple scab and twig blight.
Attributes - Pyracantha coccinea
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Mid Spring
Flower Color: White
Height: 8 ft. to 12 ft.
Width: 12 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil. Susceptible to Aphids, Root Rot, Scales.
Pyracantha 'Fiery Cascade', Pyracantha x 'Mohave', Pyracantha coccinea 'Kasan', Pyracantha coccinea 'Lalandei', Pyracantha coccinea 'Mohave', Pyracantha coccinea 'Wyattii', Pyracantha fortuneana 'Graberii', Pyracantha koidzumii, Pyracantha koidzumii 'Victory'