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Pyracantha - Firethorns

Prized for their multi-season interest, Pyracantha (Firethorn) are evergreen to semi-evergreen thorny shrubs with pretty clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by masses of brilliant red, yellow or orange berries in fall and winter. Low care and versatile, they make breathtaking hedges, thick screens and can be trained against a wall or fence.

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Pyracantha angustifolia 'Gnome' (Narrowleaf Firethorn)

Noted for its winter hardiness, Pyracantha angustifolia 'Gnome' (Narrowleaf Firethorn) is a compact, thorny, evergreen shrub of dense habit with lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves. In late spring to early summer, tight clusters of attractive white flowers appear along the prior year's wood. They are followed by abundant brilliant orange berries in fall, which persist well into winter. Attractive ornamental garden hedge, it is also an excellent security barrier. It can also be grown against a wall or fence.

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Pyracantha angustifolia 'Yukon Belle' (Narrowleaf Firethorn)

Noted for its winter hardiness, Pyracantha angustifolia 'Yukon Belle' (Narrowleaf Firethorn) is a compact, thorny, evergreen shrub of dense habit with shiny, lance-shaped, dark green leaves. In early to midsummer, a profusion of white flowers held in tight clusters cover the spiny branches. They are followed by masses of brilliant berries that ripen to bright orange in fall, and persist well into winter. Hungry birds feast on them. Resistant to fire blight, this cultivar is perfect for use as an impenetrable hedge or screen. It can also be grown against a wall or fence.

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Pyracantha coccinea 'Kasan' (Scarlet Firethorn)

Pyracantha coccinea (Scarlet Firethorn) is a thorny, semi-evergrPyracantha coccinea ‘Kasan’ (Scarlet Firethorn) is a thorny, evergreen shrub of spreading habit with glossy, oval, dark green leaves that take bronze shades in winter. 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-orange in fall, and persist well into winter.

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Pyracantha coccinea 'Lowboy' (Scarlet Firethorn)

Low-growing, Pyracantha coccinea ‘Lowboy’ (Scarlet Firethorn) is a thorny, evergreen shrub of spreading habit with glossy, oval, dark green leaves. In late spring to early summer, a profusion of creamy white flowers held in dense clusters cover the arching, spiny branches, and contrast nicely against the dark green foliage. They are followed by masses of shiny berries that ripen to bright orange in fall, and persist well into winter. Hungry birds feast on them.

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Pyracantha coccinea 'Red Cushion' (Scarlet Firethorn)

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.

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Pyracantha coccinea (Scarlet Firethorn)

Pyracantha coccinea (Scarlet Firethorn) is a thorny, semi-evergreen shrub of bushy 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 brilliant berries that ripen to bright red-orange in fall, and persist well into winter. Hungry birds feast on them. Evergreen in mild climates, Scarlet Firethorn is perfect for use as an impenetrable hedge or screen or massed to cover slopes.

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Pyracantha koidzumii 'Santa Cruz' (Formosa Firethorn)

Pyracantha koidzumii 'Santa Cruz' (Formosa Firethorn) is a thorny, evergreen shrub of spreading habit with glossy, oval, dark green leaves. In late spring to early summer, a profusion of white flowers held in dense clusters cover the arching branches, and contrast nicely against the dark green foliage. They are followed by masses of shiny berries that ripen to bright red-orange in fall, and persist well into winter. Versatile, this Formosa Firethorn cultivar is best planted as a specimen, impenetrable hedge or as a vibrant groundcover.

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Pyracantha koidzumii 'Victory' (Formosa Firethorn)

Noted for its heat and drought resistance, Pyracantha koidzumii 'Victory' (Formosa Firethorn) is a thorny, evergreen shrub of spreading habit with glossy, oval, dark green leaves that emerge bronze. In late spring to early summer, a profusion of white flowers held in dense clusters cover the arching branches, and contrast nicely against the dark green foliage. They are followed by masses of large, shiny berries that ripen to bright red in fall, and persist well into winter.

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