Growing guide

How to grow pyracantha

Also known as firethorn, due to its flame-coloured berries and prickly stems, this is a beautiful, easy-going, wildlife-friendly shrub suitable for most gardens. Grown as hedging, a free-standing shrub or trained against a wall, it provides colour across the seasons, with white blossom in spring, dense green foliage, and a bounty of vibrant berries in a choice of yellows, oranges or reds.

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Quick facts

  • Group: Shrubs, hedges
  • Flowering time: Spring to mid-summer
  • Planting time: Anytime, but ideally autumn or winter
  • Height and spread: 4m by 4m (12ft by 12ft)
  • Aspect: Full sun or partial shade
  • Hardiness: Most are fully hardy

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
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