Pyracantha “Firethorn”

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Pyracantha “Firethorn”

Oct 28, 2020

Pyracantha is a popular evergreen thorny shrub, used profusely for its ornamental value and practical attributes. Also known as ‘Firethorn’, a name which originates from the Greek translation of ‘pyr’ being fire and ‘akanthos’ meaning thorn, its exciting appearance coincides with the dramatic tone created by its common name.

Bountiful berries and vibrant colours

Famous for its berries, it boasts an abundance of colourful fruits in fiery shades of red, yellow and orange. After a decorative spring display of pure, white flowers in large clusters, completely covering the lush, evergreen foliage to create a snowy white canvas, then berries appear in late summer, ripen in autumn and if left untouched, can remain until early spring. Pyracantha is perfect for planting as a single variety, but to truly utilise the awe of this ornamental shrub, plant as a mixture and come summer, receive a bounty of berries and a wonderful explosion of vibrant colours.

Show garden favourite

The contributing presence created by the fantastic flowers and fruits, sees this plant frequently used throughout the show garden community as it’s used for its ability to intensify a garden’s atmosphere and successfully draw attention to specific areas, making it the ideal focal feature.

Keep intruders at bay!

Pyracantha is highly recommended for those wanting an intruder-proof barrier. Ideal for heights up to 3m, the dense structure of spiked branches makes this the ultimate, impenetrable, screening hedge with privatising, noise reducing and wind breaking abilities. It can also be trained as a climbing feature to add interest in the form of colour and texture, along walls and fences and can be positioned underneath windows to continue its intruder deterring capabilities.

Perfect for the birds and bees

It’s the perfect, wildlife friendly hedge as the colourful berries are an important source of food for an array of British garden birds, who also construct their nests among the thorny branches. Pyracantha flowers often don’t get the recognition they deserve, but bees certainly love them. They provide a rich source of nectar for bees and other pollinating insects. Being evergreen, this plant plays an important role in the survival of garden wildlife as birds and other small garden critters use this plant as a safe and secure shelter during the winter. If you can get there before the birds, the eye catching berries can also be made into various jam, jelly, marmalade and sauce recipes, however, the berries mustn’t be consumed raw!

We have lovely 4.5 Litre plants in stock, standing at about 5ft tall for only £16.99 each.

Pyracantha "Firethorn" evergreen shrub at Bumbles, October 2020

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