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PYRACANTHA coccinea 'Kasan'

Image of Pyracantha coccinea 'Kasan'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PYRACANTHA coccinea 'Kasan'

Plant Common Name

Kasan Firethorn, Scarlet Firethorn

General Description

The profuse orange-red fall fruits of ‘Kasan’ bring vibrant color to the autumn garden. This Russian-bred cultivar is best distinguished by its exceptional hardiness and broad, spreading growth habit.

The thorny branches of ‘Kasan’ become covered with small, glossy, dark green leaves that turn shades of brown, bronze and deep green in winter. In spring, they bear many showy clusters of white, musty smelling flowers that are attractive to bees. The green fruits that follow resemble miniature apples and turn glossy orange-red in fall. These persist into winter until they are eaten by birds.

Offer this firethorn full sun and average soil with good drainage. It is quite easy to grow and adaptable to many soil types. Pruning should be done in late winter to early spring but sparingly—unless plants are trained as espalier or bonsai specimens. The versatile and low-maintenance ‘Kasan’ is quite versatile in the landscape. It can be planted as a formidable hedge, in bold shrub borders or along a large foundation. Monitor this cultivar for scab.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 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

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Turkey, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, 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 Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Brown

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • 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

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No