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Pyracantha coccinea 'Red Cushion' (Scarlet Firethorn)

Scarlet Firethorn 'Red Cushion', Egyptian Thorn 'Red Cushion', Everlasting Thorn 'Red Cushion', Fire Bush 'Red Cushion'


Noted for its disease resistance, Pyracantha coccinea ‘Red Cushion’ (Scarlet Firethorn) is a thorny, evergreen shrub of compact and tidy habit with glossy, oval, dark green leaves. In late spring to early summer, a profusion of white flowers held in dense clusters cover the spiny branches, and contrast nicely against the dark green foliage. They are followed by masses of shiny berries that ripen to bright red in fall, and persist well into winter. Hungry birds feast on them. Versatile, this Scarlet Firethorn cultivar is perfect for use as an impenetrable hedge or screen or in shrub borders. It can also be grown against a wall or fence.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 3-5 ft. wide (90-150 cm).
  • Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Some drought tolerance.
  • Great as a specimen plant, shrub borders, foundation plantings, barrier hedges, wall-side borders, cottage gardens.
  • Watch for scab, fireblight and leaf blight.
  • Native to southeastern Europe, the Himalayas and central China.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Pyracantha - Firethorns
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Pyracantha - Firethorns
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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