• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Pyracantha rogersiana

Asian firethorn

  • Other common names Asian firethorn

  • Synonyms Pyracantha crenulata var. rogersiana

  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus 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

  • Details P. rogersiana is a large, vigorous, spiny evergreen shrub of arching habit, with glossy, narrowly oblong leaves up to 4cm in length. Clusters of small, creamy-white flowers followed by orange-red berries

  • Plant range SW China

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity The seeds may cause mild stomach upsets if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or West-facing or South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Tolerant of pollution

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings from late-spring onwards

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Low Maintenance Banks and Slopes Hedging & Screens Wall-side Borders Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Can get aphids, woolly aphid, caterpillars, brown scale and leaf-mining moths

Diseases May be affected by fireblight and scab

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