Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall Color: Fruiting Shrubs - Pyracantha coccinea ( Scarlet Firethorn)

Scarlet Firethorn
Pyracantha coccinea
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
Mature Height: 6-12 Feet
Mature Width: 6-12 Feet
Clusters of small white flowers bloom in early summer (flowers have a mildly unpleasant fragrance); shiny green leaves are semi-evergreen in zones 5,6 and 7 and evergreen in zones 8 and 9; bright red-orange fruits are borne in clusters from late summer into early winter.Prefers full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil is best, but will tolerate dry soil; tolerates alkaline soils.

* 'Kasan' - Hardy to zone 5, orange-red fruit, 10 feet tall, susceptible to scab
* 'Lalandei' - Hardy to zone 5, orange-red fruit, 10-15 feet tall, susceptible to scab

Mature Form: Upright and open to rounded
Native To: Europe and Asia
Soil condition: Dry, Moist Well-Drained
Tolerance: Alkaline Soil, Dry Sites
Additional Notes: Stems are thorny.