(Firethorn, Soileil d'Or Firethorn)
Clustered on red-tinged, upright, spiny branches, the fruits of 'Soleil d'Or' glow like drops of sun in the fall and winter landscape. An evergreen shrub clothed in glossy, dark green, elliptic leaves, this French hybrid bears abundant clusters of musky-scented white flowers in late spring, followed by green apple-shaped berries that ripen golden-yellow in fall. The fruits persist into winter, much to the delight of hungry birds. This shrub is hardy only in areas with relatively mild winters.
(Firethorn, Teton Firethorn)
Who would expect light yellow to yellow-orange berries on a firethorn? This drought-tolerant hybrid, 'Teton,' is a thorny, evergreen shrub with a dense, mature upright habit. It was developed and introduced in 1976 by Don Egolf of the U.S. National Arboretum. Its fine, glossy, dark-green leaves turn brown-green in fall and winter. In spring, it bears many, showy clusters of white, musty-smelling flowers that develop into unique, yellow-orange fruits resembling miniature apples. These persist very...
(Firethorn, Wonderberry Firethorn)
Handsome clusters of small, orange-red berries cover the branches of ‘Wonderberry’ in fall and winter. This vigorous and drought tolerant evergreen shrub has a broad, dense, rounded habit—making it well-suited as a shrub for screening.
The thorny branches of ‘Wonderberry’ become covered with small, glossy, dark green leaves that turn shades of bronze and green in fall and winter. In spring, they bear many showy clusters of white, musty smelling flowers that are attractive to bees. The green...
The dark foliage of narrow-leaved firethorn beautifully complements the white spring flowers and the orange fall and winter fruits. Hailing from southwestern China, it is named for its narrow oblong leaves. Lustrous and deep green above, the evergreen to semi-evergreen leaves are gray and felted underneath. In early to midsummer, the nastily thorned branches are covered in thousands of small, malodorous white blossoms, followed by small flattened green berries that ripen to golden- or red-orange....
(Gnome Firethorn, Narrow-leaved Firethorn)
Gnome firethorn is a compact and hardy selection of pyracantha, better suited to colder winters and more resistant to fireblight, a common disease in the species. The dark green, bushy form of this Narrow-leaved Firethorn wonderfully contrasts with the white flowers and orange-colored fruits. The parent species hails from western China and is named for its comparatively narrow oval or oblong leaves that are grayish on the undersides. In early to midsummer, the nastily-thorned branches are covered...
(Narrow-leaved Firethorn, Yukon Belle Firethorn)
The cultivar 'Yukon Belle' is a compact hardy selection of narrow-leaved firethorn, an evergreen shrub hailing from southwestern China. The glossy dark green leaves of 'Yukon Belle' beautifully complement the white spring flowers and the orange fall and winter fruits. The leaves are gray and felted underneath. In early to midsummer, the nastily thorned branches are covered in thousands of small, malodorous white blossoms, followed by small flattened green berries that ripen to golden- or red-orange....
(Formosa Firethorn, Santa Cruz Firethorn)
The spreading stems of the Formosa firethorn selection 'Santa Cruz' produce very beautiful clusters of white flowers followed by small red berries. Descended from a native of Taiwan, it has oval, dark-green leaves and long, sharp spines. In late spring, numerous small white flowers appear, followed by late-ripening, showy red berries that on occasion may be picked at by songbirds. The berries linger on the branches well into winter.
Plant ‘Santa Cruz’ in well-drained, average to moist soil and...
(Formosa Firethorn, Victory Firethorn)
The arching stems of the Formosa firethorn selection 'Victory' produce very beautiful clusters of white flowers followed by relatively large fiery berries. This evergreen shrub, descended from a native of Taiwan, has branches filled with oval, dark green leaves and long, sharp spines. New leaves are bronze. In late spring, numerous small white flowers appear, followed by late-ripening, showy red berries that on occasion may be picked at by songbirds. The berries linger on the arching branches well...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
Among the smallest in leaf and showiest in fruit of the firethorns, this native of southwestern China is a large spiny evergreen shrub with arching, wide-spreading branches. Abundant clusters of small white flowers crowd the burgundy-red branches in late spring, contrasting strikingly with the oblong, shallowly toothed, glossy dark-green leaves. Small green apple-shaped berries follow the flowers, ripening to dazzling red-orange in fall. The fruits may be eaten by birds. This shrub is hardy only...