Firethorn: Upright Shrub With Rich Green Leaves And Small Bright, Orange Berries
Pyracantha ‘Mohave’ or firethorn is a very tough and hardy shrub. It tolerates a wide range of demanding conditions, which includes both shaded and exposed positions. The dense thorny evergreen growth is ideal as an intruder-proof hedging or for training on walls to display the profuse and brightly colored berries. It makes an attractive free-standing shrub, although growth is then often more compact and arching. ‘Mohave’ is a popular firethorn variety that is on the larger side and upright, with rich green leaves and masses of small bright, orange-red berries.
Pyracantha ‘Mohave,’ combines beauty with swagger and bravado, this tough plant conceals its ‘thorny’ personality beneath a blanket of lovely white flowers in spring and enticing reddish orange fruits from mid-August to winter. This cultivar of firethorn has withstood the test of time since being introduced in 1970 and is an outstanding shrub for full sun and drought tolerance with resistance to scab and fireblight.
How To Make Your Firethorn Thrive
Pyracantha ‘Mohave’ is a disease resistant selection. It will even tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Once established it is drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering especially in sandy locations. It will respond to pruning and can be trained as an espalier, hedge, topiary, or grown as a specimen. Full sun is best for fruiting although it will do well in partial shade.
General Firethorn Information
Pests And Diseases
Careful selection of a cultivar that can provide resistance to fireblight and scale (serious problems) is important.
Propagation can be done from softwood cuttings, semi-hardwood cuttings, as well as hardwood cuttings.
Use as informal hedge or barrier plant, good for espaliers on walls, trellises, and such.
- Family: Rosaceae
- Cultivar: Mohave
- Plant Type: Evergreen shrub
- Hardiness Zones: Zones 6 to 9
- Hardiness Level: Tough & hardy
- Height: 15 feet (ideal conditions)
- Spread: 15 feet (ideal conditions)
- Bloom Time: May
- Bloom Color: White
- Foliage Color: Mid-green
- Fruit: Showy
- Sun: Full sun to part shade
- Water: Medium
- Sun Exposure: Full sun, partial shade, shade
- Soil: Well-drained
- Soil pH Requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
- Maintenance: Low
- Features: Flowers, fruit, thorns, attractive to wildlife (bees, butterfly’s, birds)
- Skill Level: Beginner
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