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Dwarf American Pyracantha Seeds - 15 Count

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Dwarf American Pyracantha Seeds - 20 Count
Pyracantha (var.: angustifolia, atalantioides, coccinea, crenatoserrata, crenulata, koidzumii, rogersiana)


Specific Description: Native North Dwarf American Pyracantha with loose bundles of berries, long thorns, and tolerates poorer conditions than most other Pyracanthas. Best suited for father northern locations with colder winters. As a dwarf style plant, it is much more tolerant to extremes in climate, tolerates shade better, and drier conditions.
General Description: Pyracantha, or firethorn as it is also known, is a pretty shrub with attractive flowers and magnificent red, yellow or orange berries in autumn and winter. It is often trained against a wall or fence. It also makes an excellent evergreen hedge.
Common Name: Firethorn
Botanical Name: Pyracantha
Etymology: The name Pyracantha is appropriate. It is derived from two Greek words, pyr = fire, and akanthos = thorn.
Group: Shrubs, hedges
USDA Zone(s): 7a to 9b
Flowering Time
: Spring to mid-summer

Berries: Autumn and winter
Berry Uses: Pyracantha berries are mildly poisonous as their seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides (as do Apples, Plums, Cherries, and Almond) and can cause mild gastro-intestinal problems when eaten raw in very large quantities; they are edible only when crushed and washed under running water. Historically, the berries of Pyracantha have been used in jellies, preserves, and added to Pemmican by Native America peoples for millennia.
Planting Time: Anytime, but ideally autumn or winter
Height and Spread: 6 ft x 6 ft (2 m x 2 m) May be pruned back to desired size and shape once established.
Form: From low spreading shrub, full bush form. May be trained into Bonsai form, grown as dwarf in containers, or allowed to attain full dimensions in plot planting.
Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
Hardiness: Most are fully hardy
Difficulty: Easy
Growth Rate: Pyracantha grows very fast, sometimes more than 2 feet a year.
Landscape Uses: Barrier, Border, Container, Espalier, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Topiary, Windbreak
Site and Soil Conditions: Pyracantha is suitable for any moderately fertile garden soil in sun or partial shade, including very dry free-draining soils and heavy clays as long as they are not prone to water-logging. Berry bearing can be reduced in shady sites, including against north-facing walls.
Planting: If training Pyracantha along a wall or fence, plant at least 20 inches (50 cm) out from the wall to avoid the dry area at the base. Before planting add a bucketful of well-rotted organic matter and 70- 2-3 oz. per sq. yd. (100 g per sq. m) of balanced general purpose fertilizer to the soil. Adding organic matter or fertilizer to the planting hole is not recommended. Allow 5-10 ft (1.5–3 m) between specimen plants, but 20 in (50 cm) is fine between hedging plants.
Watering and feeding: Watering is required to help the plant establish in its first couple of years after planting. After this establishment period, watering is very seldom required. Wall-trained specimens may need watering every 10 days in dry spells. Feed annually, in late winter, with 2-3 oz. per sq. yd. (70-100 g per sq. m) of balanced general purpose fertilizer followed by a 2-3 in (5-8 cm) thick mulch of well-rotted organic matter.
History: Pyracantha is part of the Rosaceae family and is native to southeastern Europe over to southeastern Asia. P. koidzumii is specific to Taiwan where it is threatened by habitat loss. Pyracantha berries are not poisonous. They are extremely bitter to human taste, but are a favorite amongst a variety of birds.
Discussion: The Pyracantha is an excellent shrub for planting in a variety of ways.  It can be planted against a wall and then trained against it, or alternatively you can plant to create a dense, evergreen hedge. Pyracantha plants produce fragrant white flowers during May and June, followed by red, orange or yellow berries in autumn and winter (depending on the variety chosen). It also attracts wildlife into the garden, such as birds who feed on the berries throughout the winter and the shrub provides cover for nesting and roosting birds, as well as attracting bees in the summer. Pyracanthas are easy to grow and require very little maintenance.  They have small, gloss-green leaves and are thorny, so be sure to put on a pair of protective gloves when planting and pruning them.


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