Posted: 02 March 2012
Overall: I think pyracantha can look fantastic when more than one cultivar is grown together so you have a mix of different colour berries. Best trained two dimensionally against a wall for maximum effect. Great for boundaries in terms of security - older plants, if allowed to become large, have lethal spines so gloves are needed when pruning. take care when pruning not to prune out the flowering wood otherwise no berries will be seen (flowers on shoots produced the previous year). Once berries have formed you can prune away any growth obstructing the view of the berries. Great plant, easy care although some scab can need to be pruned away. Fireblight can be an issue as this plant is a member of the Rosaceae family so don't plant where fireblight has been a problem before with cotoneaster, pears etc..