Pyracantha ‘Mohave’


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Outstanding Qualities

'Pyracantha 'Mohave', a United States National Arboretum Plant introduction, is described by the USNA as a plant with attitude! Combining beauty with 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. Espalier, barrier hedge, specimen: Use this striking plant in all of your difficult areas. You will be pleased! Indeed 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.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes
This pyracantha is a disease resistant selection perfect for the wet cool weather of the Pacific Northwest. Provide full sun with well-drained or sandy soil. This selection will 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.