Firethorn - Pyracantha

The Pyracantha is a leader plant that formed part of many gardens in the past, but nowadays seems to be a little ignored; which we regard as a mistake. The Pyracantha is beautiful and green in winter, so it is a beautiful all year round natural divider in your garden. The Pyracantha flowers in the summer with beautiful blooms and in autumn it is full of colourful berries. The Pyracantha also attracts many birds to your garden. In the spring they like to nest in the Pyracantha; in winter, the birds shelter in these plants. The Firethorn berries then provide healthy nutrition and its sharp thorns keep away intruders.
How do I care for my Pyracantha?
Pyracanthas grow best in nutrient rich and humus rich soils. We therefore recommend adding some humus to the soil when you are planting the Firethorn. You can then add some more humus every year or use a basic NPK fertilizer. This will keep your plant healthy. 

We have the following varieties in our range:
– Pyracantha Red Column
– Pyracantha Soleil d’Or
– Pyracantha Orange Glow

How can I best prune a Pyracantha?
It is advisable to regularly cut the Pyracanthas side branches back lightly to encourage branching, which makes the Pyracantha plant grow faster and stay young. The young branches are important, because one year later, it produces colourful berries.

Where should I plant my Pyracantha?
Because this is a strong and woody plant, you can use it for hedging. It is most commonly trailed upwards along a wall or fence. The Firethorn does need to be attached for this purpose by tying its main branch to its support structure and by guiding its runners upwards. How many should I plant per metre of trellis fence or wall?
We suggest planting two plants per trellis metre.
  • Winter hardiness:
    Good

  • Soil type:
    Humus rich, nutrient rich

  • Moisture levels:
    Normal, not too wet

  • Location:
    Shade/semi-shade/sun

  • Height:
    To 3 metres, depending on pruning

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Evergreen

  • Pruning:
    Pruning to maintain desired shape

  • Fertilizing:
    Humus when planting and NPK in the spring

  • Flower:
    Prolific flowering of cream/white blossom followed by bunches of berries

  • Flowering period:
    May-June

  • Trivia:
    Pyracantha is a favourite of birds and will bring much life into your garden.

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