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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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Pyracanthas are spreading or upright in habit so you can grow them as free-standing shrubs, hedging or trained against a wall or fence in a fan or espalier shape.
Prune early flowering shrubs such as Kerria japonica and Spiraea 'Arguta'', as well as pyracanthas.
They come here to seek the red berries of hawthorns, cotoneasters and pyracanthas.
Blackthorns and pyracanthas have been strategically planted to deter people from trying to get near to previously damaged sites.
Prune pyracanthas which are trained against a wall by cutting out shoots growing directly into or away from it.
Plenty of landscapers have planted the shrub, but once a week, one of the staff makes a trip across Washington to the National Arboretum to cut foliage from a group of pyracanthas the horticulturists don't spray.
You can also take the Felcos to begonias, cannas, asparagus ferns and pyracanthas as well as cutting back fuchsias to within an inch or so of the ground.
Here's how three gardeners show off their espaliered pyracanthas.
Best of the Bunch Pyracantha or fire thorn PERHAPS one of the best years for fruit of all sorts has produced an amazing display of berries on our pyracanthas, with displays of red, orange and yellow berries lighting up corners of gardens, house walls and shrubberies.