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Lowboy Scarlet Firethorn*

Pyracantha coccinea 'Lowboy'

* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A broadleaf evergreen low groundcover which features brilliant orange fruit in fall lasting throughout winter, very showy, also bears smallish white flowers in spring; needs full sun and well-drained soil, can be susceptible to scab

Lowboy Scarlet Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea 'Lowboy') at Hicks Nurseries

Ornamental Features

Lowboy Scarlet Firethorn is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The orange fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from early to late fall. It features showy clusters of white flowers held atop the branches in late spring. It has green foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Lowboy Scarlet Firethorn is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. 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.

Lowboy Scarlet Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea 'Lowboy') at Hicks Nurseries

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;

  • Disease
  • Spiny

Lowboy Scarlet Firethorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Lowboy Scarlet Firethorn will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy. 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 typical garden 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details