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PYRACANTHA coccinea 'Rutgers'
Rutgers Firethon, Scarlet Firethorn
The abundant, colorful fruits of ‘Rutgers’ scarlet firethorn bring a lush, vibrant show to the autumn garden. This sprawling shrub with thorny, arching branches is descended from a species native to southern Europe and western Asia. It has small, glossy-green leaves that are evergreen and turn green-brown in fall and winter. In spring, this plant blooms with numerous clusters of white, musty-smelling flowers. They develop into clusters of large, bright- orange fruits that resemble tiny apples. The fruits persist into winter and are eaten by birds.
Grow ‘Rutgers’ in full sun for best performance. It tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils. It is versatile in use, being quite cold-hardy and resistant to both scab and fireblight. Plant it as informal hedge, train it as an espalier or bonsai specimen, grow it as a full, mounded specimen, or group it to sprawl across a hillside.
9 - 6
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, Partial Shade
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m
8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m
Spring, Late Spring
Southern Europe, Turkey, Western Asia
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Dark Green
Dark Green, Brown
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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