Brighten Up Your Winter Garden with Berries

By: Julie Day

Pyracantha (Pyracantha sp.)

Also known as Firethorn, this plant gets its name from the profusion of orange berries amid dramatic thorns. Technically an evergreen shrub, Pyracantha is fast-growing and easy to train, and it is often grown as a colorful espalier or trellis climber. Because of the sharp thorns and dense habit, it also makes a great security hedge.

Hardy to zone 5 or 6.

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  • Christine Moers Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I have a large Nandina bush near my kitchen window. I like it, but my friend said it will grow into my sink plumbing. Is this a bad idea to keep the Nandina?


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    Julie Day Says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Pyracantha does have some humongous, tough thorns! As I was photographing pyracantha for this article, I was surprised to see my neighbor’s dog happily munching the berries, oblivious to the thorns – I still haven’t figured that one out.



  • Penn Says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Do not buy a Pyracantha. It grows like crazy and the THORNS!!! I just cut this out of my back yard and now I have piles of branches that I can’t move. I’m going to have to burn them in my back yard because the thorns will go through shoes/jeans/gloves and cause extreme pain almost like a bee sting.


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