A Pyracantha BushClick thumbnail to view full-size
Lots of Color
The Pyracantha bushes with their brilliant red berries are beautiful this time of year. Driving past a neighborhood laced with these gorgeous bushes, they stand out like beacons on a gray day.
Winter in central Texas is rather drab. The grass is brown, the trees bare, and the sky often gray. Seeing a pyracantha bush in the midst of this season is candy to the eyes. These bushes illuminate the landscape with their color.
The berries on these bushes are prolific and luscious to see. Often nicknamed Firethorns, these bushes can be planted on uneven ground and can be used for shrubs. In Spring and Summer, they boast white flowers. Watch out for the thorns. They can be brutal.
We have had some very cold weather in the Central Texas area this past week and the Pyracantha are as beautiful as ever. Their stamina in this area has been tested and they have done well. I understand that they do need some protection in the more Northern climates.
If you need to plant a bush in your yard, add a Pyracantha bush or two for color and variety. We had one in our front yard for years. It was my favorite bush. It was placed so that you could see it driving down the street.
Give them room to grow and they will prove themselves worthy. They rarely need pruning. It will greatly enhance your property all year long.