Pyracantha sp., Firethorn

Pyracantha sp.

Family: Rosaceae
Origin: Europe
USDA Zone: 5-8?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapPlant used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersThorny or spinyPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Pyracantha sp., commonly known as the Firethorn is a plant native to Europe that can be used for bonsai or as an edging plant. It is a wide upright large shrub growing 5-10 feet tall with banana-like leaves that grow to about 1.5m in height and stunning flowers that stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks. This drought-tolerant shrub can withstand neglect and is suitable for xeriscaping.

Firethorn loves full sun but can tolerate partial shading, and requires moderate amounts of water once established. In the spring, Firethorn is covered with small white or off-white flowers that are incredibly fragrant; attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, making it a great addition to any garden. In the fall, it produces clusters of orange or red berries, depending on the variety, and its thorns or spines make it a great choice for larger gardens or as a hedge.

Being extremely cold-hardy, it can survive temperatures as low as 30°F. It is an easy plant to grow and does well in most soils. It requires plenty of water throughout the year and responds well to regular feeding with a slow release fertilizer and compost. Moreover, Firethorn is wind-resistant and grows well in coastal gardens.

Overall, Firethorn is an ideal plant for patios and gardens due to its fast rate of growth, incredible flowers and stunning berries. Its low maintenance, drought-tolerant nature and tremendous cold-hardiness make it an attractive option for any garden.

Link to this plant: