Pyracantha coccinea 'Sparkler'
An upright, to spreading, slow-growing evergreen shrub to 2m (6½ft)m high and wide, with green and cream variegated leaves, often tinged with dark pink in colder weather. The branches are spiny and dense clusters of small, white flowers in late spring appear on the previous year's growth. These are followed by a profusion of bright orange-red berries in autumn.
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Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1.5–2.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Autumn||Orange Red||Green Cream|
|Winter||Green Cream Pink|
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
Pyracantha are evergreen shrubs or small trees, with spiny branches bearing simple leaves and corymbs of small white flowers followed by showy red, orange or yellow berries
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How to grow
Suitable for growing in any moderately fertile garden soil, in sun or partial shade, including very dry, free-draining soils, and heavy clays, as long as they are not prone to waterlogging See pyracantha cultivation
Propagate by semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings, or by seed sown in spring, after three months of cold stratification, bearing in mind that cultivars won't usually come true from seed and seed raised plants can be of variable quality.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Wildlife gardens
- Climber and wall shrubs
- Flower borders and beds
- Hedging and screens
Flowers are produced mainly on stems produced the previous year, so pruning should aim to retain as much two year old growth as possible. Prune out unwanted growth and on mature shrubs, twenty percent of older wood, after flowering has finished each year.
May be susceptible to pyracantha scab and fireblight.
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