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Firethorn, Pueblo Firethorn
Robust and persistent orange-red fruits weigh down the arching branches of 'Pueblo' firethorn from fall through winter. A drought-tolerant hybrid, this thorny semi-evergreen shrub has a spreading compact habit and matures to roughly one-half the size of standard firethorns. Donald Egolf, of the U.S. National Arboretum, crossed Pyracantha koidzumii 'Belli' with P. coccinea var. pauciflora to yield the seedling he selected and named 'Pueblo.' It shows good resistance to both scab and fireblight fungal diseases.
The fine semi-evergreen leaves of this firethorn are glossy, dark green and turn bronze-green in fall and winter. In very cold years the leaves may drop off completely. In spring, it bears many showy clusters of small, white, musty-smelling flowers that develop into glossy brilliant orange-red fruits resembling miniature apples. These persist to late winter and usually are not eaten by birds until no other foods are available.
Grow the 'Pueblo' in full sun and almost any well-drained soil, although slightly acid loams are best. It is versatile in the landscape and may be planted as informal hedging, in shrub borders or trained as an espalier or bonsai specimen.
9 - 1
7 - 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
9'-11' / 2.7m - 3.4m
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Fall, Winter
Green, Dark Green
Dark Green, Bronze
Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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