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PYRACANTHA coccinea 'Lalandei'

Image of Pyracantha coccinea 'Lalandei'

James Burghardt

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PYRACANTHA coccinea 'Lalandei'

Plant Common Name

Laland's Scarlet Firethorn, Scarlet Firethorn

General Description

The profuse, colorful fall fruits of Laland's scarlet firethorn are a beautiful sight. This tall, upright shrub from southern Europe and western Asia has thorny stems and small, glossy, dark green leaves that are evergreen and turn green-brown in fall and winter. In spring, plants bear clusters of white, musty-smelling flowers that develop into clusters of vibrant orange-red fruits that resemble miniature apples. These will persist into winter and are eaten by birds.

Scarlet firethorn needs full sun for best performance, and 'Lalandei' is adaptable to a wide range of well-drained soils. It is a versatile, very hardy landscape shrub. Plant it as informal hedging, a specimen plant or trained as an espalier or bonsai specimen. If allowed to freely grow without pruning, it will become quite large and develop beautiful fountain-like habit.

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

  • Height

    8'-20' / 2.4m - 6.1m

  • Width

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Turkey

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

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Crimson

  • 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

    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

    Yes

  • 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

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No