Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Firethorn, Navaho Firethorn
The drought tolerant and exceptionally disease-resistant 'Navaho' is a medium-sized semi-evergreen shrub that offers beautiful orange-red berries in fall and winter. It is likened to the popular ‘Mohave’ but has a slightly shorter stature.
The thorny branches of ‘Navaho’ become covered with small, glossy, dark green leaves that turn shades of bronze and green in fall and 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 bright 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. This cultivar is highly resistant to fireblight and scab and is best planted in shrub borders, foundation plantings or as a specimen.
9 - 1
6 - 9
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
5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m
7'-9' / 2.1m - 2.7m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Fall, Winter
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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