Pyracantha 'Soleil d'Or'

Pyracantha to grow

Offering a long season of interest, Pyracantha is a must-have in the garden. Browse our list of varieties to grow.

Some shrubs, such as rhododendrons and buddleias, delight us with one big burst of colour during the year. But others offer a longer season of interest. Pyracanthas flower in June, their dazzling white flowerheads bringing out the colour of their rich, dark evergreen foliage. By September, and continuing through winter, the flowerheads have matured to clusters of scarlet, orange or yellow berries, which seem to drip from the branches like jewels. Not only do the berries shine in low winter light, but blackbirds, thrushes and fieldfares love them.

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Pyracanthas are also attractive to birds for their dense evergreen foliage and branching structure, which, especially when trained on a fence, creates nesting sites for blackbirds and thrushes. Their spiny growth also helps deter predators.

What’s more, pyracanthas thrive on cool north- and east-facing walls and fences in just about any soil that’s reasonably fertile.

Pyracantha fact file:

  • Position – happy in any reasonably fertile soil in full sun or on north- or east- facing walls and fences.
  • Hardiness – most varieties are fully hardy.
  • Height x spread – 1-4m x 2-4m.
  • Care – no pruning usually needed but, if you need to, shorten long shoots that are not carrying berries, after flowering. Tie in plants growing on fences or walls to fill their space evenly.
  • Warning – the berries aren’t poisonous but may upset your stomach if ingested. This high-performing shrub not only offers a profusion of winter hues, but food and lodging for birds

Browse our selection of pyracanthas to grow.

Not only do the berries shine in low winter light, but blackbirds, thrushes and fieldfares love them.

Pyracantha coccinea ‘Red Cushion’

Pyracantha coccinea ‘Red Cushion’
Pyracantha coccinea ‘Red Cushion’

Valued for its low and spreading growth, this is useful at the base of walls or even in pots.

Height x Spread: 1m x 2m


Pyracantha rogersiana ‘Flava’

Pyracantha rogersiana ‘Flava’
Pyracantha rogersiana ‘Flava’

Arching growth with relatively small leaves and a startling profusion of small yellow berries.

H x S: 3m x 3m


Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’

Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’
Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’

Relatively upright and very densely branched, with sparkling, scarlet-tinted orange berries.

H x S: 2m x 2m


Pyracantha ‘Saphyr Jaune’ (‘Cadaune’)

Pyracantha ‘Saphyr Jaune’ (‘Cadaune’)
Pyracantha ‘Saphyr Jaune’ (‘Cadaune’)

Bright yellow berries with gold tones. Highly disease resistant, like all ‘Saphyr’ varieties.

H x S: 3m x 3m


Pyracantha ‘Saphyr Orange’ (‘Cadange’)

Pyracantha ‘Saphyr Orange’ (‘Cadange’)
Pyracantha ‘Saphyr Orange’ (‘Cadange’)

Carmine-tinted berries mature to brilliant orange hues on densely branched plants.

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H x S: 3m x 3m