Pyracantha fortuneana 'Graberi'
Graber's Pyracantha fruit
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Height: 12 feet
Spread: 10 feet
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Other Names: Graber's Firethorn
A broadleaf evergreen shrub, valued for its huge clusters of large red berries in fall, that persist through winter; also bears smallish white flowers in spring; needs full sun and well-drained soil, can be susceptible to fireblight
Graber's Pyracantha is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The tomato-orange fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from early fall to early winter. It features showy clusters of white flowers held atop the branches in late spring. It has dark green evergreen foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn coppery-bronze in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.
Graber's Pyracantha is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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.
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;
Graber's Pyracantha is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Windbreaks and Shelterbelts
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Graber's Pyracantha will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. 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 average home landscape conditions. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage 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.
Graber's Pyracantha makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.