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PYRACANTHA 'Orange Glow'

Image of Pyracantha 'Orange Glow'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PYRACANTHA 'Orange Glow'

Plant Common Name

Firethorn, Orange Glow Firethorn

General Description

The heavy crops of bright orange fruits produced by ‘Orange Glow’ are impressive and long-lasting. This vigorous and highly ornamental evergreen shrub has a dense rounded habit and is exceptionally drought tolerant and disease resistant. It is a hybrid of the scarlet firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea) and Formosa firethorn (P. koidzumii).

The thorny branches of ‘Orange Glow’ 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 brilliant orange 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 best planted in shrub borders, foundation plantings or as a specimen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Height

    9'-10' / 2.7m - 3.0m

  • Width

    9'-10' / 2.7m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Orange, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Bronze

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No