Monday, December 7, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Pyracantha

For Ruby Tuesday, I have something red from our garden to share. Pyracantha, also known as Firethorn, is a large evergreen shrub in the rose family that produces attractive berries in the fall.
Here are the berries ripening in September, October and November:

Pyracantha is drought-tolerant and used in landscaping all around Tucson.
Ours grew quickly to the size of a small tree.
A little hermit thrush was helping itself to berries the other day, but most of our backyard birds don't seem interested in the fruit.
The complementary colors of red berries and green leaves do look festive this time of year. Happy Holidays!
For more Ruby Tuesday posts featuring the color red, visit Work of the Poet hosted by Mary T.

39 comments:

DoanLegacy said...

Incredibly beautiful tree, and the berries look so inviting.

rainfield61 said...

These Reds are good to be my Chinese New Year decoration.

Salitype said...

such luscious and fiery color berries...the birds will have a feast with those. i wonder how they taste like, maybe sweet!

Jen said...

Very pretty--they would make a great addition to some Christmas decor.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful red berries, and look very attractive!

Pacey said...

what bountiful feast for the birds, very delicious looking.

Robin said...

Wow, that adds a terrific burst of color to the greenery.

Carolyn Ford said...

I love pyracantha bushes/trees! They are so colorful and festive...beautiful!

Hootin' Anni said...

Believe it or not, when I lived in Arizona a few years back my street was Pyracantha Drive!!! And we have still another pyracantha bush here in Texas that the Mockingbirds love!!!

I posted an ornament...a 50+ year old ornament!

My R T is HERE

Gaelyn said...

Pyracantha grows around here too. Some people trim it into dense hedges, shape it almost topary like or train it up the sides of buildings. Berta planted some against the fence in my yard last year and they had brilliant berries in Oct. Now all gone. Nice captures of Red Diane.

Stine in Ontario said...

So THAT's what pyracantha looks like. What lovely berries.

Martha Z said...

Great choice for ruby tuesday. It brings back memories of my childhood.

Ralph said...

I was in the AZ desert one summer long ago, and nothing was in bloom, a greenish gray settled on the desert floor. But it seems that the well known desert bloom is beginning. Beautiful ruby berries we see, and it must be beautiful when new growth is everywhere...

At least here in New England, our Christmas Cactus is in bloom!

Patti said...

Festive, indeed! Pretty red berries, perfect for a Ruby Tuesday post.
Nice capture of the little hermit thrush. How sweet.

Carly said...

beautiful colors for Christmas! Great Photos!

Evelyn Howard said...

Lovely berries... I love the last pic the most - berry Christmassy.

The Cunning Runt said...

This is cool - I love the intensity of red berries, especially with the snow coming on.

CafebyJW said...

You got perfect Christmas Theme Red!

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Manang Kim said...

That looks like holly berry. Love the colors they are just amazing. Thanks for sharing!


At my tabletop

Ebie said...

I see them all around and your tree has a lot of them berries. Indeed they are so festive for the season, and colorful, too!

Joops said...

the last shot is wonderful!

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Stephanie said...

Happy holiday to you too! Love those berries and that little hermit is wonderful. Red berries are perfect for this festive season :-D

MISSY JANE said...

Lovely photos. Haven't seen anything like that before until today lol.

ellen b said...

Love the berries and the photo of that bird is great! Happy RT!

chubskulit said...

yummy looking berries.

Here's my Snowy Chinese RT

Carletta said...

As soon as your page opened I thought how Christmasy looking this was.
Love the last shot!

Arasu said...

The bunches of small fruits look like flowers. It's nice to see the different stages of the fruits.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Red berries are so pretty. Cool Pics! Best wishes.

Marice said...

wow if im not mistaken thats called "aratilis" here and thats one of ym fave.. sweet fruit! and that is soo easy to eat :)

u may view mine here

Dianne said...

the berries are lovely
the last photo is really wonderful, love the rich color

Chie Wilks said...

wow..lots of great ruby shots


mine is here

Maggie B said...

Beautiful pix, the red & green together so evocative of the season.
Maggie

Prospero said...

Hi Diane. The Pyracantha is so pretty and so in-tuned with the season. We have something similar, called the Mexican Pepper, which has the same kind of berries (but its aggressive behavior makes it quite unpopular on the island). Nice hermit!

Anya said...

I have the same red in my garden
It looks always beautiful :-)
Unique shots you make ....

Ivon said...

Looks nice, but the best part is that you get to enjoy it every day.

jeannette stgermain said...

Red berries are always attractive and cute! Thanks for sharing!

Ann said...

The berries are so beautiful.Do you use them for Christmas decoration?

Lindy MacDuff said...

Very festive, indeed! They look like little rose hips. Have you ever made Pyracantha jelly?

http://www.howtogrow.co.uk/recipe-pyracantha-jelly.html

Ayie said...

I noticed so many berries still up on the trees lately