Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Spring
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds This plant is suitable for growing indoors Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Provides winter interest
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel By grafting
Seed Collecting: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
On Jul 25, 2010, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:
These were grown as hedges out in Calif. probably due to their drought-tolerance, low maintenance, & attractive berries. I bought one for my garden here in Florida, to provide food for the birds. I don't prune mine & it takes a naturally interesting shape. It is growing right next to a grouping of Beauty Berry bushes, and in the winter, that corner of the yard looks beautiful with the magenta beauty berrirs & red pyracanctha berries blending together.
On May 7, 2010, mochimo from MIddle Blue Indonesia wrote:
I am a little bit surprised when one of my friends who got some seeds from me got a fast germination compared to seeds batch which got some stratification process. While every single germination tips of this one must have the stratification as the main procedure.
I live in tropical climate and got no winter seasons. But the seedling are more prone to the fungus.
RIght now he would try to germinate the seeds without the stratification and got some fungicide added, hope he could let me know the result in the few weeks ahead.
On Aug 11, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:
I enjoy the blossoms and berries from my neighbor's plant...the plant is tall enough to hang over the fence. The bees love the blossoms and we love the beauty of the blossoms and the red berries. I think this is the plant that grew in my mother's friend's yard...and my mom would go and cut 'boughs' at Christmas time and use them like holly. In fact, I grew up thinking that they were holly!
On Jun 25, 2006, Junebug62 from Swansea, SC wrote:
Excellent for planting under windows if there is a danger of teens climbing out (or in), because of the thorns it's hard to get out of without tearing up clothes or skin. It's a lesson quickly learned and seldom repeated.
Plus it is a pretty bush that attracts butterflies and birds as well as easy to care for.
On Dec 1, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:
These grow in alkaline and salty soils, too. They also seem to take some amount of drought, as they are still around old abandoned houses, sustaining themselves on about 8" of precipitaion a year. Handsome and mighty architectural plants.
On Oct 4, 2004, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:
A beautiful plant. Evergreen, the thorns can be used to create a fence with this plant. The Red variety is prone to freezing, but the Orange is more cold hardy. Usually on Christmas day thousands of Robins show up at ours and eat every berry in an hour. They then sit around and look stupid for a while. This photo shows the Red vareity in the act of changing colors rapidly.
This shrub is covered in small white flowers in the spring, but the best feature of this shrub is the clusters of orange berries it has in the fall. One drawback to this shrub is the thorns.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Atmore, Alabama Cottonwood, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Sierra Vista Southeast, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Canoga Park, California Crockett, California Cupertino, California Fallbrook, California Manhattan Beach, California Manteca, California Oak View, California (2 reports) San Diego, California San Jose, California Clifton, Colorado Asbury Lake, Florida Bartow, Florida Black Diamond, Florida Cheval, Florida Chuluota, Florida Palm Valley, Florida Guyton, Georgia Vernonburg, Georgia Vincennes, Indiana Somerset, Kentucky Gulf Hills, Mississippi Hernando, Mississippi Henderson, Nevada Brownville, New Jersey , New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Jaars, North Carolina Reynoldsburg, Ohio Fullerton, Pennsylvania Port Matilda, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina Swansea, South Carolina Blaine, Tennessee Alice, Texas Crp Christi, Texas Dallas, Texas El Paso, Texas Glenn Heights, Texas Irving, Texas Kerrville, Texas San Antonio, Texas Santa Fe, Texas Leesburg, Virginia Roanoke, Virginia