Grown for bright fruit, evergreen foliage (may be semievergreen in cold climates), versatility in the landscape, and ease of culture. All grow fast and vigorously, varying in habit from upright to sprawling. All have glossy green, 1–4-in.-long, 1/2–1-in.-wide leaves that are generally oval or rounded at ends; all bear flowers and fruit on spurs along wood of last year’s growth. Small, spring flowers are dull creamy white, carried in flattish clusters; they’re effective thanks to their profusion. Some people find the scent unpleasant. Nearly all species have needlelike thorns.Pyracantha hybrids
These are plants of mixed or uncertain heritage. The group includes many of the most desirable firethorns.
‘Mohave’. Zones 4–24. Grows to 12 ft. tall and wide. Heavy producer of big orange-red berries that color late and hang on for a long time.
‘Red Elf’. Zones 4–9, 12–24. Low-growing, compact plant to 2 ft. tall and wide; good in containers. Bright red berries.
‘Silver Lining’. Zones 4–9, 12–24. Grows to 3 ft. tall and wide. Green leaves with white edges. In winter, leaves turn purple with pinkish-white edges. Few berries.
‘Teton’. Zones 2b–24. Fairly upright growth to 12 ft. tall and 4–6 ft. wide. Yellow-orange berries.
China. Not as vigorous, large, or hardy as the American native C. radicans, but flowers are s...
Hybrid between O. majorana and O. vulgare. Grows to 1–2 ft. tall and wide, wit...
Native to China, Japan. Form most often seen is a light, open shrub to 10–12 ft. tall, 10 ft. wi...