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PYRACANTHA 'Wonderberry'

Image of Pyracantha 'Wonderberry'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PYRACANTHA 'Wonderberry'

Plant Common Name

Firethorn, Wonderberry Firethorn

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 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, Partial Sun

  • Height

    9'-10' / 2.7m - 3.0m

  • Width

    10'-11' / 3.0m - 3.4m

  • 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

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Orange

  • 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, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No