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Pyracantha | Firethorn

Pyracantha | Firethorn

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Pyracantha hedge (Close Up)Pyracantha HedgePyracantha Red Column with red berries

Pyracantha (Firethorn)

Pyracantha is a fast-growing, evergreen hedging plant with thorns making it an excellent security barrier or screen. It has white flowers in the summer, followed by bright red, yellow or orange berries in the autumn (depending on the variety) making it an attractive ornamental garden hedge.  Pyracantha can also been grown against a wall, trellis or fence and is self-supporting.

Why plant a Pyracantha hedge?

Thorny branches - excellent for security
Fast-growing
Evergreen
White flowers in summer
Red, yellow or orange berries in autumn 
Can be grown tight against a wall, fence or trellis 

How far apart should I plant Pyracantha?

Plant between 60 and 75cm (2’0”and 2’6”) apart. If you want to form a hedge quickly plant at 60cm (2’0”) apart, otherwise plant at 75cm (2’6”) apart.

Where will Pyracantha grow?

Pyracantha will grow in any soil that is free-draining (i.e. not water-logged for periods of time over the winter). It will grow in full sun or partial shade and will tolerate wind exposure although, as with any plant, this will slow the growth down.

How tall will Pyracantha grow?

Pyracantha can be kept at any height but it will grow up to 3m (10ft) tall if left untrimmed.

How fast does Pyracantha grow?

Pyracantha has a growth rate of up to 60cm (2ft) per year under ideal growth conditions. If you want quicker growing hedging plants then consider Laurel or Leylandii.

What time of year can I plant Pyracantha?

All Pyracantha are pot-grown so can be planted at any time of year.  If planted in the winter months (October to February), your hedge may not need watering in the first spring and summer as they will get their roots established over the winter months. However, keep an eye on the plants in the spring and if you water during the spring and summer, you will get more growth in the first few years.

How often would I need to trim/prune a Pyracantha hedge?

As with all quick-growing, evergreen hedges, Pyracantha needs to be trimmed once a year. Late spring/early summer is a good time to trim a hedge although watch out for nesting birds. It can also be trimmed in late August or early September.

Additional Information about Pyracantha (Firethorn)

Botany and Origins of Pyracantha

Pyracantha is a member of the Rose (Rosaceae) family and it has the common name, Firethorn.  The Genus, Pyracantha, has only 7 species of plants that are native to Europe, south-west Asia, Taiwan and China. Pyracantha is now grown in most of the UK and is hardy down to temperatures lower than -15⁰C.

Alternatives to Pyracantha

Consider Laurel, Portugal Laurel or Leylandii.  Laurel and Leylandii are quicker-growing than Pyracantha, so will form a hedge slightly faster but none have thorns. A native hawthorn or blackthorn hedge could be grown as a security barrier but they are not evergreen.  

Pyracantha | Firethorn

Pyracantha | Firethorn

There are no products matching the selection.

Pyracantha hedge (Close Up)Pyracantha HedgePyracantha Red Column with red berries

Pyracantha (Firethorn)

Pyracantha is a fast-growing, evergreen hedging plant with thorns making it an excellent security barrier or screen. It has white flowers in the summer, followed by bright red, yellow or orange berries in the autumn (depending on the variety) making it an attractive ornamental garden hedge.  Pyracantha can also been grown against a wall, trellis or fence and is self-supporting.

Why plant a Pyracantha hedge?

Thorny branches - excellent for security
Fast-growing
Evergreen
White flowers in summer
Red, yellow or orange berries in autumn 
Can be grown tight against a wall, fence or trellis 

How far apart should I plant Pyracantha?

Plant between 60 and 75cm (2’0”and 2’6”) apart. If you want to form a hedge quickly plant at 60cm (2’0”) apart, otherwise plant at 75cm (2’6”) apart.

Where will Pyracantha grow?

Pyracantha will grow in any soil that is free-draining (i.e. not water-logged for periods of time over the winter). It will grow in full sun or partial shade and will tolerate wind exposure although, as with any plant, this will slow the growth down.

How tall will Pyracantha grow?

Pyracantha can be kept at any height but it will grow up to 3m (10ft) tall if left untrimmed.

How fast does Pyracantha grow?

Pyracantha has a growth rate of up to 60cm (2ft) per year under ideal growth conditions. If you want quicker growing hedging plants then consider Laurel or Leylandii.

What time of year can I plant Pyracantha?

All Pyracantha are pot-grown so can be planted at any time of year.  If planted in the winter months (October to February), your hedge may not need watering in the first spring and summer as they will get their roots established over the winter months. However, keep an eye on the plants in the spring and if you water during the spring and summer, you will get more growth in the first few years.

How often would I need to trim/prune a Pyracantha hedge?

As with all quick-growing, evergreen hedges, Pyracantha needs to be trimmed once a year. Late spring/early summer is a good time to trim a hedge although watch out for nesting birds. It can also be trimmed in late August or early September.

Additional Information about Pyracantha (Firethorn)

Botany and Origins of Pyracantha

Pyracantha is a member of the Rose (Rosaceae) family and it has the common name, Firethorn.  The Genus, Pyracantha, has only 7 species of plants that are native to Europe, south-west Asia, Taiwan and China. Pyracantha is now grown in most of the UK and is hardy down to temperatures lower than -15⁰C.

Alternatives to Pyracantha

Consider Laurel, Portugal Laurel or Leylandii.  Laurel and Leylandii are quicker-growing than Pyracantha, so will form a hedge slightly faster but none have thorns. A native hawthorn or blackthorn hedge could be grown as a security barrier but they are not evergreen.