Answer: Pyracanthas suffer from many of the same problems that beset apples, including fireblight and scab. You might consult with your county extension (989-6830) for a specific diagnosis in this instance as well as control recommendations. When replacing the deceased shrub, you might look for some relatively disease resistant varieties such as ?Apache?, ?Fiery Cascade?, ?Mohave?, ?Navaho?, ?Pueblo?, ?Shawnee?, or ?Teton?. Unfortunately, I can't explain specifically why it died, although it is quite possibly related to the severe drought we had two years ago, or could have been that an unseen rooting problem finally took its toll.
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