The Growing Place
Yukon Belle Scarlet Firethorn fruit
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 8 feet
Spread: 8 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
This semi-evergreen member of the rose family is valued for the brilliant orange fruit in fall which last throughout the winter, also bears smallish white flowers in spring; needs full sun and well-drained soil, can be susceptible to fireblight
Yukon Belle Scarlet Firethorn is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The orange fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from mid to late fall. It features showy clusters of white flowers held atop the branches in late spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall.
Yukon Belle Scarlet Firethorn is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Yukon Belle Scarlet Firethorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Yukon Belle Scarlet Firethorn will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.