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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 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. 'Orange Glow' is a reliable, vigorous form, with dense growth and strong branches covered in autumn with masses of long-lasting berries. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Cultivar: Orange Glow
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Thorns, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial 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 http://www.pyracantha.co.uk
I planted this shrub by my 6ft garden wall to help deter intruders from going over it, after having a few incidents of that sort. It looks good year-round but I haven't found it very fast growing so it's taken a few years to start to serve the purpose I planted it for. Mine is planted in particularly heavy clay and it's also in partial shade which may have slowed it somewhat.
There's a pyracantha near me of unknown species which has been allowed to grow into the size and shape of a small shape - because it's large and unclipped, it attracts a large amount of bees when in bloom.
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