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PlantFiles: Gibb's Firethorn
Pyracantha atalantioides

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pyracantha (py-ra-KAN-tha) (Info)
Species: atalantioides

Synonym:Pyracantha gibbsii

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sequimgarden On May 29, 2012, Sequimgarden from (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wonderful border plant - so dense that it keeps rabbits, deer and other critters out. Hardy. Beautiful in bloom and with berries. Attracts butterflies and small birds. Thorns are very sharp so prune carefully.

Negative BayStorm On Jun 8, 2009, BayStorm from Hendersonville, TN wrote:

Don't like this shrub -- leggy, wierd growth habit, spiny, prickly, unfriendly, it's only redeeming quality is the beautiful orange "fruit" berries in fall/winter. Surely there is some plant better for late season showiness.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Augusta, Georgia
Grayson, Kentucky
Hitchins, Kentucky
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Sequim, Washington

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