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Pyracantha coccinea (Firethorn)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer early), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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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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