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PYRACANTHA angustifolia

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James Burghardt

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PYRACANTHA angustifolia

Plant Common Name

Narrow-leaved Firethorn

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Orange, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Gray

  • Bark Color

    Purple, Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes