Ultimate height2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1.5–2.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
West–facing or East–facing or South–facing
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- Seeds and berries may cause stomach upset if ingested.
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
How to grow
Grow in a fertile, well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. In frost prone or exposed locations protect young plants while they establish.
Pyracantha can be easily propagated from semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings, or alternatively from seed. Pyracantha seed requires three months of cold stratification in order to germinate. Cultivars won't usually come true from seed.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Wildlife gardens
- Climber and wall shrubs
- Flower borders and beds
- Wall side borders
Pyracantha flowers mainly on shoots produced the previous year, so when pruning try to retain as much two-year-old wood as possible. Wear thick gloves when pruning; as its common name (Firethorn) suggests, Pyracantha bears long and very sharp thorns.
Generally pest-free although birds may eat berries.
May be susceptible to pyracantha scab
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