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Scientific Name: Pyracantha coccinea
Pronunciation: pye-ruh-KAN-thuh kock-SIN-ee-uh
Common Name: pyracantha, scarlet firethorn
Family Name: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Key ID Features: Irregular shaped shrub, often trained to climb; leaves lanceolate, dark green and shiny; stem covered in thorns 3-4 cm long; inflorescence is corymb with white florets typical of Rosaceae; fruit orange-red, berry-like in clusters.
Course(s): HORT 1155, Level 2 Apprenticeship

Habit: Spreading
Form: Irregular, Round
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:3 - 5m
Spread:4 - 5m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: Europe, South Asia / India
Hardiness Rating: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Espalier, Mixed shrub border, Screening, Security/barrier, Specimen plant, Wildlife food
Additional Info: Google. Some images are of P. 'Orange Glow' and P. 'Lalandei'.
pyracantha, scarlet firethorn
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Pinnate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous, Lustrous
Colour in Fall: Dark-green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Lanceolate, Oblanceolate, Obovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Cuneate
Margins: Crenate, Serrulate

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Corymb
Flower Morphology:
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Rotate/stellate
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Showy, White
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: Apr, May

Fruit Type: Pome
Fruit Colour: Orange, Red, (varies with cv.)
Fruiting Time: Aug, Sep
Additional Info: Showy, Persistent

Bark Morphology: Smooth, Multi-stem trunk
Bark or Stem Colour: Brown
Organ Modifications: Thorns

Propagation: Seed, Softwood cuttings
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Blight or needle cast, Dieback, Fungal leaf spot, Root rot, Scale insects,
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(NRY) NuRserY : zone 5
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