Thorny bushes include buckthorn, poncirus, firethorn, hawthorn, brambles and roses. Though many gardeners would like to avoid thorny bushes in their gardens, many of them are worth the occasional prickle, either because they bear delicious fruit, beautiful flowers or autumn foliage. Indeed, some strategically placed thorny bushes can add to a home's security.
Roses have been around since antiquity, and rose lovers do endure the most vicious thorns to enjoy this bush's flowers, which often come with a pleasant scent. Rose bushes not only produce flowers but fruit called hips. Hips can be made into jams and jellies and are high in vitamin C. Rose petals are also distilled to make the costly and sought-after attar of roses.
The more prosaic Poncirus is a member of the citrus family. In the spring, it produces sweet-smelling white flowers; in the fall, it produces little oranges that are just about edible. Many gardeners leave them on the tree as natural ornaments.
Firethorn, or pyracantha, is a shrub that can grow from between four and 16 feet tall. It is a semi-evergreen plant that produces white flowers in the spring and red-orange berries in the fall that hang on well into winter.Learn More
A common disease afflicting pecan trees is scab. Brown spot, downey spot, gnomonia leaf spot, liver spot and zonate leaf spot are several fungal diseases that pose a threat to the leaves on pecan trees.Full Answer >
A semi-dwarf black tartarian cherry tree should be planted in a sunny place, and it's best suited to USDA Hardiness Zones five through eight. The black tartarian prefers six to eight hours of full sunlight each day. It needs loamy soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0.Full Answer >
As one of the most drought-resistant trees in the world, mature olive trees only need an occasional watering during prolonged periods of little rain or drought. Young trees may require up to 2.5 gallons weekly until they are established, depending on levels of rainfall.Full Answer >
Trees should be pruned in the winter or summer, depending on the reason they are being pruned. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, it is best to avoid pruning in the fall, though dead wood may be discarded at any time.Full Answer >