Pyracantha coccinea - Cultivation Notes
Firethorn is a tough no fuss shrub. It flourishes in most soils, avoiding chalky areas, in sun or part shade - it tolerates cold well and grows fast. Prune to shape in spring or tie in to wall / fence or shape as hedge by reducing leaders in summer.
Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage
Strengths of Pyracantha coccinea:
- Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
- Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
- All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
- Suitable for container growing
- Fruit / berry producing
- Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
- Tolerates cold exposed locations
- Tolerates heavy clay soils
Weaknesses of Pyracantha coccinea
- Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
Design & Plant Use for Pyracantha coccinea:
- Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils
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