Botanical Pronunciation py-ra-KAN-tha an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh
Lore As a member of the same family as apples, pyracantha berries are quite similar albiet smaller. They're edible, although not particularly tasty and have been used to make jelly and even home made wine.
Average Size at Maturity Quickly reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide, in natural form.
Bloom Time Spring flowers, followed by bright fall berries.
Design Ideas Use this handsome shrub services primarily as hedging material in areas of difficult climates. It's naturally thorny branches make it a valuable security barrier against intruders and larger animals. Use it for perimeters or as a visual barrier in sideyards. Abundance of bright berries are relished by birds so plants serve a valuable role in habitat gardens. Tolerance of shearing takes on a more formal hedge and plants are highly adaptable to flat wall espalier in the traditional French method. Also well suited to gardens of crafters and flower arrangers who use with winter berries for decorating.
Deciduous/ Evergreen Evergreen
Flower Attribute Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Garden Style Asian/Zen, Rustic
Growth Habit Erect
Growth Rate Fast
Landscape Use Barrier, Border, Container, Espalier, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Topiary, Windbreak, Urban Garden
Light Needs Full sun
Soil Needs Tree & Shrub Food
Special Feature Easy Care, Fall Color, Ornamental Berries, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water Needs Moderate
Watering Needs Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion Plants Pampas Grass (Cortaderia); Weigela (Weigela); Beautyberry (Callicarpa); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Chokeberry (Aronia)