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PYRACANTHA angustifolia 'Gnozam'(GNOME®)
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 in thousands of small, malodorous white blossoms that give way to a profusion of brilliant, orange berries in the fall. Birds relish the fruits as a snack. Once the leaves drop in autumn, the shrub remains ablaze with the fruits well into winter.
Also known as ‘Gnozam,’ Gnome needs a well-drained soil and full to partial sun for best performance. It is amazingly tolerant of a wide variety of soils and exposures once established. Often utilized as a dense and impenetrable hedge or screen, 'Gnozam' is also suited by its stature as a manageable garden specimen, and is especially vivid when the fruits are seen in front of dark evergreens. It is a breathtaking espalier for any hot foundation wall. In some warm climates across the globe, this species is quite invasive, displacing native plants.
9 - 1
5 - 9
3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Orange, Orange Red
Dark Green, Gray
Purple, Brown, Gray
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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