Pyracantha angustifolia

Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Cotoneaster pyracantha (L.) Spach

Common names: narrowleaf firethorn; slender firethorn; woolly firethorn

Pyracantha angustifolia (pyracantha, firethorn) is an evergreen shrub with bright red berries and spiny branches (family Rosaceae). They are commonly found in disturbed sites, along roadsides, and in coastal scrub, prairie, and riparian areas. Pyracantha species, which have bright red berries and green foliage, are a common ornamental plant that have escaped cultivation. The fruits of pyracantha are widely dispersed by birds, which may also nest in the bushes. However, successful new introductions are rare, especially in areas that do not provide the ideal cool, moist climate for pyracantha.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

None for this species.

Other Pyracantha angustifolia Information

  • CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.