I hugely agree that Pyracantha is under-valued. I was once standing behind two old ladies at a nursery and overheard the following exchange:
"What's an Orange Charmer?" asked one.
"David Dickinson?" the other replied.
(It's a cultivar of Pyracantha)
Morning Malcolm. It is easiest if you prune in the summer (after flowering). Just cut back the new growth so that the berry clusters are more visible. If you need to bring an overgrown plant back into order then any time will do - be brutal, it won't mind. I trim mine twice a year: summer and mid winter (after the blackbirds have stuffed themselves).
Thank you Garden Monkey - you never disappoint !
Thank you James for your interesting article about the pyracantha. I have one growing on the front of my house where it gets the blunt of all the bad weather, driving rain and strong north winds. Despite the situation my plant thrives well and produces wonderful flowers and berries (who needs a holly?)
My pyracantha looked wonderful this Christmas with its bright red berries. I have never really understood when to prune either so just snip away at it to keep it from taking over and it has survived so far! I totally agree with James it is a very under valued plant.
In my previous garden I had a splendid orange-berried pyracantha which was both larder and home to a blackbird family. I agree they are not usually used to their best advantage.
I am most remiss in not planting one in my current garden, and aim to remedy this forthwith! It may deter the neighbourhood cats, if not the cat-burglars.
There is a horrible possibility that you might be pruning off the flower buds- I'm sure that is not the case but, in order to eliminate such a thing from our enquiries, at what time of year do you wield your secateurs?
Lavender, by the way, needs a trim in Autumn and then a harder haircut in the Spring. If you fossick about a bit you will see where the new growth is sprouting at the base of the plant: anything above that might as well come off.
I have some 40 different pyracanthas in my garden of 4 or 5 varieties trained against walls, and all are doing very well. Except, that is, one which is next to our front door. Late last year one part of the plant (which grows around a window, and is stopped at about ten feet high, started to look a little sad. It has now lost most of its leaves and looks to be dieing. Another shoot of the same plant, on the left of the window, is green and vigorous. There does,m however, appear to be some sign of green leaves at the top of the "dead-looking" part. I can't see any sign of scab, but last year it was full of green aphids.
Is it worth leaving it to see what happens?
Should I spray it, or must I cut it out and wait for the left hand part to throw a shoot that I can train up the right side? At worst, must I get rid of the whole plant which covers a patch about 15 feet by 12 ft of the wall around a window?