The genus Pyracantha of the family Rosaceae, includes 7 species of shrubs native to Asia and southern Europe.
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History and Description:
The Pyracantha genus, part of the Rosaceae family, comprises seven species of shrubs native to Asia and southern Europe. Also known as Firethorn or Pyracantha, this plant has its origins in southern Europe and the Middle East.
These evergreen, highly branched, and spiny shrubs can reach just over 3 meters in height. Their leaves are leathery, alternate, glossy green, and oval to oblong in shape. During spring, they typically produce abundant small white or creamy flowers arranged in clusters. Their decorative fruits are red or orange.
Care and Climate:
Pyracantha is ideal for creating hedges, screens, shrub groups, or as individual specimens. Its resistance to pollution makes it suitable for urban environments. It prefers full sun or light shade and withstands both frost and intense heat typical of Mediterranean summers.
They grow in various soil types but favor those slightly clayey with ample humus content. Ample watering during summer is advisable, reducing it in other seasons, as they do not tolerate drought.
Pruning and Maintenance:
It is recommended to fertilize with compost before planting and annually in autumn. Pruning is conducted in late winter to control growth and maintain a compact appearance, especially when cultivated as hedges. These shrubs are resistant to common pests and diseases.
Propagation and Cultivation:
Pyracantha can be propagated from seeds sown in spring or through cuttings in late summer, using rooting hormones to stimulate rooting.
Pyracantha is a versatile and robust plant that provides ornamental beauty and landscape functionality. It adapts to various environments, offering visual appeal with its flowers and fruits, making it a valuable choice for creating hedges and screens while thriving in diverse climates and soils.
- Asia, South Europe
- Up to 1 m high
- Pink and violet flowers
- Groups, borders or pots
- Sales format
- It cannot withstand cold
- Being the product a living plant and depending on the season, this plant could be received, in some cases, not exactly the same as in the photography, but as similar as possible, without impacting on quality of the same.