The U.S. National Arboretum presents Pyracantha 'Apache', a dwarf pyracantha with show-stopping bright red fruit. The low-spreading growth habit, fine-textured, glossy, dark green leaves, and high tolerance to both scab and fire blight make 'Apache' eminently desirable. Try this little beauty in some of your "problem" areas and anticipate rave reviews!
|Botanical Name:||Pyracantha 'Apache'
(NA 48240; PI 499831)
|Hardiness:||U.S.D.A. Zone 6; semi-evergreen to evergreen in U.S.D.A. Zones 7b - 8|
|Development:||'Apache' is the result of a complex hybridization made in 1971 between P. koidzumii 'Victory' and a seedling selection from the cross P. koidzumii 'Rosedale' x (P. fortuneana x P. 'Orange Glow'). Seedlings from the hybridization were artificially inoculated with fire blight under controlled conditions. 'Apache' was selected from 25 survivors in 1977 and released by Donald R. Egolf in 1987.|
|Significance:||'Apache' extends the range of available growth habits of pyracantha to a compact dwarf, one-third the size of standard firethorns. It is highly tolerant to both scab and fire blight, two of the most common diseases of pyracantha.|
|Description:||Height and Width: 4.5
feet tall and 6.5 feet wide at 14 years.
Habit: Semi-evergreen to evergreen, densely branched, wide-spreading, mounded shrub with leafy thorns (spurs).
Foliage: Small, semi-evergreen to evergreen, glossy, dark green leaves.
Flowers: Flower clusters (corymbs) are borne on spurs and short shoots all along the branches, each cluster composed of 30-60 white to creamy white small flowers.
Fruit: A pome. Glossy, ornamental, bright red, 1/3-inch fruit are borne in clusters along the branches. Highly tolerant to scab. Fruit ripens in late August, persists until mid-December, and is not readily eaten by wildlife.
|Culture:||'Apache' will grow in any soil, but does best in a sandy loam or a container mix with a pH of 6.0-6.5. Grows well in full sun to partial shade though flowering and fruiting will be better in full sun. Tolerates summer drought.|
|Propagation:||Roots easily from softwood, semi-hardwood, or hardwood cuttings under mist, 1000-5000 ppm IBA solution in 4-6 weeks. Best rooting occurs in June, July, and August.|
|Landscape Use:||Specimen, foundation planting, barrier planting, low hedges, highway medians where height is of concern, embankments. Very attractive in containers or planters.|
|Availability:||Readily available from wholesale nurseries and some retail nurseries.|
U.S. National Arboretum Plant Introduction
U.S. National Arboretum, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 3501 New York Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002
Last January 14, 2002
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