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Pyracantha angustifolia - (Franch.)C.K.Schneid.

Common Name Narrowleaf firethorn, Pyracantha
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 6-10
Known Hazards Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where most, if not all members of the genus produce hydrogen cyanide, a poison that gives almonds their characteristic flavour. This toxin is found mainly in the leaves and seed and is readily detected by its bitter taste. It is usually present in too small a quantity to do any harm but any very bitter seed or fruit should not be eaten. In small quantities, hydrogen cyanide has been shown to stimulate respiration and improve digestion, it is also claimed to be of benefit in the treatment of cancer. In excess, however, it can cause respiratory failure and even death.
Habitats Thickets on slopes, at roadsides at elevations of 1600 - 3000 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - S.W. China.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Pyracantha angustifolia Narrowleaf firethorn, Pyracantha


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Pyracantha angustifolia Narrowleaf firethorn, Pyracantha

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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Upright or erect, Vase.


Physical Characteristics

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Pyracantha angustifolia is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Oct to November. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.
It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

Synonyms

Cotoneaster angustifolia.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit[15]. No more details are given but the fruit is unlikely to be that inspiring, particularly when it is said that this is the least interesting fruit of the genus for birds![K]. The fruit is about 5 - 6mm in diameter[266].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Shelterbelt.

A fairly wind-tolerant shrub, it can be used in shelterbelt plantings[200].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Erosion control, Espalier, Massing, Seashore. Prefers a good well-drained, moisture retentive loamy soil[1, 200]. Succeeds in any soil that is warm and not very heavy[11]. Another report says that it grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds on chalky soils[108]. Succeeds in sun or part shade, though it does not fruit so well in a shady position[200]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution and reasonable exposure[200]. Plants are not reliably hardy in the colder areas of Britain[219]. Susceptible to scab and fireblight[11], especially when grown on acid sandy soils[182]. Birds are less attracted to the fruit of this species than they are to other members of the genus[182]. Special Features: Not North American native, Attractive flowers or blooms.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. Remove all the fruit flesh since this can inhibit germination[200]. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification, sow it as early in the year as possible in a cold frame[113]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of almost mature wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, mid-August in a cold frame[78]. Pot up in October or the following spring[78].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Pyracantha coccineaFirethorn, Scarlet firethorn, Pyracantha, Firethorn10
Pyracantha crenato-serrata 11
Pyracantha crenulataNepalese White Thorn, Nepalese firethorn11
Pyracantha koidzumiiFormosa firethorn10
Pyracantha rogersiana 00
Pyracantha 'Wateri' 00

 

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