Evergreen, Ground covers, Shrubs
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 koidzumii
From Taiwan. Loose, unruly grower to 8–12 ft. tall and wide. Best known for its varieties. Among these are ‘Santa Cruz’ and ‘Walderi’, both good bank and groundcovers.
‘Santa Cruz’ (‘Santa Cruz Prostrata’). Reaches 6 ft. tall but is easily maintained at 3 ft. or lower by pruning out erect-growing branches. Can spread as wide as 10 ft. Red berries.
‘Victory’. Grows to 8–10 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide. Dark red berries color late but hang on late as well.
‘Walderi’ (‘Walderi Prostrata’). Grows to 3 ft. tall but easily kept to 1 1/2 ft. by pruning out upright branches. Spreads to about 6 ft. wide. Red berries.
China. Not as vigorous, large, or hardy as the American native C. radicans, but flowers are s...
Fragrant, 1 1/2-in.-long flowers appear in late winter, early spring, with occasional sporadic bloom i...
This evergreen shrub is native to China and Japan. Has rather rigid, sprawling, angular habit of growt...