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Any of various thorny shrubs of the genus Pyracantha in the rose family, native to Asia and often cultivated for their evergreen foliage and showy reddish or orange berries. Also called firethorn.

[New Latin Pyracantha, genus name, from Latin pyracantha, a shrub, from Greek purakantha : pūr, fire; see pyre + akantha, thorn.]


(Plants) any rosaceous shrub of the genus Pyracantha, esp the firethorn, widely cultivated for ornament
[C17: from Greek purakantha name of a shrub, from pyro- +akantha thorn]



any thorny shrub of the genus Pyracantha, rose family, with evergreen foliage and orange berries.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pyracantha - any of various thorny shrubs of the genus Pyracantha bearing small white flowers followed by hard red or orange-red berriesPyracantha - any of various thorny shrubs of the genus Pyracantha bearing small white flowers followed by hard red or orange-red berries
genus Pyracantha - Eurasian evergreen thorny shrubs bearing red or orange-red berries
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Plant roses with attractive hips, plus any shrubs with bright red berries, such as pyracantha, skimmia and cotoneasters.
Dereck AONE of my favourites is pyracantha, above, or firethorn, which grows well and looks dazzling as it bursts with loads of bright red or orange berries.
Wall shrubs like the pyracantha don't climb naturally, and must be trained, but will just lean against the wall once established.
For a security hedge, try blackthorn mixed with hawthorn, pyracantha, cotoneaster and mahonia.
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Barry Keniry did well to force topweight Pyracantha home in front late on in the 2m4f novice handicap chase, jumping the last around four lengths down in third place yet getting up in the final strides for a neck victory.
Q My two-year-old pyracantha Orange Glow is very healthy but has never flowered or produced berries.
Its fruit is tasty to birds, which assist pyracantha in naturalizing a slope by excreting its seeds so that, in due course, you will have a firethorn forest.
A My suggestions would be a climber like jasmine or honeysuckle, or a trained wall shrub such as Flowering quince (Chaenomeles), or Pyracantha, which is spiky.
Seasonal spotlights move from spring flowering magnolias to summer blooming hibiscus, fall fruiting pyracantha, and exfoliating crape-myrtle bark in winter.
Plants that can be used to create a barrier against intruders include firethorn, mahonia, hawthorn, roses, berberis, pyracantha and holly.
Other good greens for fresh display include camellia, citrus, eucalyptus, holly, nandina, pine, pyracantha, red-wood, toyon, and Western red cedar.