Pyracantha species  
Rosaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


red berries
close-up of leaf and berries on
Form: shrub; can be trained as vine
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: typically 4-12ft with equal spread
Leaves: oval, dark green, shiny, 1 to 1 1/2in long
Flowers: clusters of cream white flowers, 1/4in diameter
Fruit: bright red, pea-sized berries; sometimes orange
Stems/Trunks: stems woody with age; sharp small thorns
Range/Origin: unknown
Hardiness: to 10°F


Pyracantha bush
nicely-maintained Pyracantha in bloom
(note natural shape)


Research by Master Gardener Gerry Towns


Pyracantha bush
Pyracantha with berries
subject to iron chlorosis if overwatered
Many named varieties are available offering variation in size, berry color, and uprightness of form
An old-fashioned landscape plant. Not currently much in favor, but still seen throughout Tucson.

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