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Pyracantha coccinea 'Red Column'
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Pyracantha 'Red Column' is an upright, evergreen shrub with glossy eliptical leaves and spiny stems. Clusters of white flowers are produced in early summer followed by red berries lasting through autumn and into early winter.

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green Red
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
Berries can cause stomach upset if ingested. Spiny stems are sharp. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handing
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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a fairly fertile, moisture retentive but free draining soil in sun or partial shade. Suitable for training as a wall shrub.

Propagation

Propagate from semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings. Can be grown from seed but specific cultivars will show some differences from the parent plant.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Climber and wall shrubs
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

In spring, remove older fruited stems to allow younger stems to ripen and flower next year.

Pests

Generally pest-free, although birds may eat the berries.

Diseases

May be suseptible to pyracantha scab and fireblight

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