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Look what I grew!
An occasional series highlighting items from home gardens
Louise Walls, left, and her daughter Jenni Walls stand in front of Louise's pyracantha at her Dawsonville home. - photo by Tom Reed

After many years, Louis Walls' pyracantha is ready to show off. She called us because of its stunning abundance of red berries - hence, the tree's other name, firethorn - and she wanted to share its beauty.

What she grew: A pyracantha

Why she decided to grow it: "I planted it when we built our house here - it's been a long time," Walls said. She estimated the house was originally built in the early 1960s.

Does it require any special care: "None at all."

How the plant will be used: "People just get them for decorating for Christmas," she said, adding that her son often comes by to collect the berry-laden branches for use in wreaths and arrangements.

Would she grow it again: "It's where it is - where it's always been." Walls said she has no plans to remove the large shrub.

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