Pyracantha 'SAPHYR® Rouge'

Pyracantha  'SAPHYR® Rouge'
scarlet firethorn
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE alkaline (lime-based)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Hedging plants
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Scarlet firethorn has been a favourite plant for a long time because it presents a low-maintenance plant that can grow almost anywhere. The French have recently come up with a range of new varieties called SAPHYR® with improved resistance to fire blight and scab, making them more beautiful = attractive for new landscapes, and ecological at the same time = less demanding for chemical treatments.

SAPHYR® Rouge is a variety with mid-sized to large, glossy, vivid red maturing in mid October. Leaves are narrowly ovate, deep green and glossy, mostly evergreen. Branches have thorns. Berries are not edible but not poisonous.

You can grow it as an upright shrub, trim it into a hedge, or shape it. It is not climbing so needs no support, but still we suggest staking young plants to train a terminal leader. It flowers and produces berries on 2-years-old wood (last year’s) so trimming should be done in early to mid-summer to avoid cutting all flowering branches.

It can take almost any soil type but will thrive in fertile, well-drained soil, reaching about 3m high and 1.5m wide. Firethorn withstands pollution and is therefore often planted at motorways, and in towns and industrial estates. Fully hardy to about -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 16-10-2008.

  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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