Pyracantha- Fire thorn

Evergreen shrub with bright-orange berries, often planted to cover walls.

Situation:

The firethorn may also be used as a freestanding shrub, but it will then grow very broad. At one time it was very much subject to scab, but there are now a number of strains which are resistant to the disease . Make sure that the shrubs you buy belong to this category.

Soil:

When they are to be planted against walls the soil must first be improved. Propagation From summer or winter cuttings.

Pyracantha coccinea: Height 2-3 m; white flowers in late spring or early summer, followed by orange or yellow berries. Spiny branches, dark-green leathery foliage. The following are reliable strains: ‘Golden Charmer’, orange-yellow berries; ‘Orange Charmer’, deep-orange berries; ‘Orange Glow’, orange berries, and ‘Watereri’, small bright-red berries.

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