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Mohave Firethorn

Pyracantha 'Mohave'

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Mohave Firethorn (Pyracantha 'Mohave') at Homestead Gardens

Mohave Firethorn fruit

Mohave Firethorn fruit

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Mohave Firethorn (Pyracantha 'Mohave') at Homestead Gardens

Mohave Firethorn flowers

Mohave Firethorn flowers

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

This broadleaf evergreen shrub produces copious brilliant orange-red fruit in fall which last throughout winter, very showy; bears white flowers in spring with a musty scent; needs full sun and well-drained soil, can be susceptible to fireblight

Ornamental Features

Mohave Firethorn features showy clusters of white flowers held atop the branches in late spring. It has dark green foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Mohave Firethorn is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Mohave Firethorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Mohave Firethorn will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Topiary 
Applications
Flowers  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features