Ultimate height2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread2.5–4 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
West–facing or East–facing or South–facing
- Native to the UK
- Columnar upright
- Potentially harmful
- Berries can cause stomach upset if ingested. Spiny stems are sharp. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handing
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 fairly fertile, moisture retentive but free draining soil in sun or partial shade. Suitable for training as a wall shrub.
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
In spring, remove older fruited stems to allow younger stems to ripen and flower next year.
Generally pest-free, although birds may eat the berries.
May be suseptible to pyracantha scab and fireblight
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