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Firethorn, Wonderberry Firethorn
Handsome clusters of small, orange-red berries cover the branches of ‘Wonderberry’ in fall and winter. This vigorous and drought tolerant evergreen shrub has a broad, dense, rounded habit—making it well-suited as a shrub for screening.
The thorny branches of ‘Wonderberry’ 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 glossy 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. The versatile and low-maintenance ‘Wonderberry’ can be planted as a formidable hedge, in bold shrub borders or along a large foundation.
10 - 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
9'-10' / 2.7m - 3.0m
10'-11' / 3.0m - 3.4m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Fall, Winter
Dark Green, Bronze
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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