January 26, 2023
Pyracantha Santa Cruz

Pyracantha ‘Santa Cruz’ is from the Rosaceae family of plants. It is also known as Formosa Firethorn ‘Santa Cruz’, Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’, or Taiwan Firethorn ‘Santa Cruz’. It is an evergreen shrub that has beautiful white flowers. Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’ is a thorny shrub with glossy oval leaves and shiny bright orange-red berries in autumn after the flower season. It is thorny.

The leaves are oval and dark green. It flowers in spring to early summer. The flowers are white. They grow in clusters. Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’ flowers are followed by reddish-orange berries in autumn. They last throughout winter and provide seasonal interest.

Pyracantha Santa Cruz
Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’, Los Angeles, CA. Given the mild season in Los Angeles, previous season berries are still on the plant during the flower season.

How to grow Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’:

Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’ grows to about 5ft or 1.5m tall. Grow it in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in average, well-drained soil. The soil could be dry to medium. Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’ is drought tolerant. It is usually pest-free and disease-free. Watch out for scab, fireblight, or leaf blight. It attracts butterflies and birds.

Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’ is fast-growing. It grows to about 6′ feet. ‘Santa Cruz’ is a low-growing variety.  It is native to Taiwan. It is drought-tolerant. It attracts birds as do many shrubs with bright berries.

Pyracantha Santa Cruz
Pyracantha koidzumii ‘Santa Cruz’

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