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The firethorns are all tough, very hardy shrubs which tolerate a wide range of demanding conditions, including shaded and exposed positions, and make dense thorny evergreen growth that's ideal for intruder-proof hedging or for training on walls to display their profuse and brightly coloured berries. They also make attractive free-standing shrubs, although growth is then often more compact and arching. 'Mohave' is a popular variety, large and upright, with rich green leaves and masses of small bright, orange-red berries. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Thorns, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy
Skill level: Beginner
I just wanted to add some more information other readers may find usefull. Pyracantha can be effected by Fireblight and Pyrcantha scab, there are varieties though that are resistant. Also most people assume the berries are poisonous but infact there are not and can be eaten, its used to make Pyracantha jelly. this this website might be usefull to other readers as it is all about Pyracantha and offer alot of good information www.pyracantha.co.uk
The garden birds have a great time in this shrub, it allows a certain amount of safety and gives security as a hedge together with a display of tremendous berries.
here's hoping that when my new pyracantha hedge pop's up over my fence, the local litter louts get a painful surprise when stuffing their cans,food wrappers, dog pooh bags etc. into it. tee-hee! hey john you sure about eating the berries?
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..
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