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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. The shrub remains ablaze with fruits well into winter, to the delight of hungry birds.
Narrow-leaved firethorn does best in well-drained soil in full to partial sun. It is amazingly tolerant of a wide variety of soils and exposures once established. Often utilized as a dense, impenetrable hedge or screen, it is equally beautiful as a specimen, its fruits contrasting strikingly with dark-leaved companions. It is a breathtaking espalier for a sun-drenched wall. Cultivars of various habit and fruit color are available. In some warm climates across the globe, narrow-leaved firethorn is an invasive garden escape, displacing native plants.
9 - 1
6 - 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
6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm
8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Orange, Orange Red
Dark Green, Gray
Purple, Brown, Gray
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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