What is Pyracomeles? Pyracomeles, a cross between two plants, Pyracantha or Osteomeles is a relatively new product. Although the name isn’t pronounced, it means that Pyracomeles was derived form two species. The plant is native to Asia as well as the Americas. It thrives in full sun or part shade and needs average water and soil. It is pruned after new growth appears. It has survived multiple winters in our region and is USDA Zone 6a.
Pyracomeles is an alternative to Boxwood. Its attractive, thornless leaves can grow in any environment without being affected by disease or pests. It is often grown as a container plant and can be trained into a variety of shapes. It doesn’t need thorns which makes it ideal for patios and gardens. Also, it is resistant to drought and pests.
The cultivar Pyracomeles villmorinii is called NCXP1. It was developed in Mills River (N.C.) through a breeding program that involved a combination of Pyracantha crenatoserrata with Osteomeles subrotunda. This population was germinated in 2010, and was selected for a variety desirable characteristics.
The Juke Box xpyracomeles is a dwarf evergreen shrub that can be mistaken for a small holly or boxwood. Its fine branches and globular form make it a great choice for mass planting. It doesn’t flower and is not prone to thorns. It is a low-maintenance, beautiful choice for landscaping. When it’s trimmed in spring, it becomes an excellent landscape plant.
Another good choice for Southern climates is Juke Box pyracomeles, a cross between two genera with evergreen foliage. Juke Box pyracomeles, an evergreen mix between genera, can grow to approximately three feet in height. Its glossy, bright green leaves are a highlight of the plant’s exterior. The plant is hardy in zones 7 and 9, and grows quickly and steadily. Its evergreen foliage can be pruned to shape according to your needs.