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Pyracantha spp.

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Firethorn Overview

Pyracantha - also known as Firethorn - are evergreen shrubs or small trees, of which there are just 7 species. They have spiny branches, shiny - usually dense, tooth-edged - foliage, masses of tiny white flowers in summer and showy red, orange or yellow berries in autumn. These usually last through the winter so they add some brightness to gardens on dull days. Firethorns are usually grown against walls or free-standing, in shrub borders. They can also be used for hedging and are useful on garden boundaries as their numerous spines are very sharp! Tolerant of most soils, some shade, pollution and needing only light pruning, Firethorns are popular garden shrubs and popular with birds, for their autumn/winter berries. Best protected however, from cold, drying winds. Native to areas extending from Southwest Europe east to Southeast Asia, Pyracanthas belong to the rose family - Rosaceae!

Common problems with Firethorn

How to harvest Firethorn

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Firethorn


Semi Hardwood cuttings can be taken in late summer/early autumn.


Special features of Firethorn

Attracts birds

Hedge plant

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Other uses of Firethorn

A low maintenance shrub that can be planted in wall side borders, grown up trellis or as hedges/screens to form a prickly security barrier. It is also resistant to pollution, drought & deer.

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Include any of these plants into your garden to provide shelter and food for birds.

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Looking good in October - Top 10

Traditionally flowering in October, these flowers will be at their best this month.

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