Pyracantha A Plant For All Seasons

As we enter late autumn and into winter there's not too much colour left in the garden but there is one plant (the Pyracantha) that is a particular favourite of Nathan James Dodd, whose red, yellow or orange berries stand out from the monochrome garden landscape.

Created by Nathan James Dodd on Monday, 27th of October, 2014.
Updated on Tuesday, 1st of November, 2016.


Pyracantha A Plant For All Seasons

The Pyracantha is an evergreen, versatile and a wonderful shrub to have in your garden at this time of the year.

Firethorn, as it's also called, has many roles to play, but is most popularly planted against walls. It will succeed even if facing north, given a little reasonable quality soil. Pyracantha are also ideal for informal hedging, or screens, as they are well armed with fierce thorns which create an impenetrable barrier. They also make superb specimens when standing alone.

Leading Pyracantha Varieties

'Orange Glow' is the star turn, a strong and fairly upright plant which has branches absolutely smothered with orange red fruits from the autumn until deep into the winter. Not only does it berry successfully, but it also has masses of very attractive hawthorn like creamy white summer blossoms. 

'Soleil d'Or' is the yellow berried form. Maybe not quite so strong in growth as 'Orange Glow', but its million tiny yellow orbs each shine like the sun, lighting up the greyest days.

'Mohave' has orange red berries that are a magnet for foraging birds. Members of the Thrush family like the Redwing and the larger Fieldfare, with its slate grey back, will become regular visitors at the feast.          

Planting, Maintenance And Problems

Planting can be done at any time of year, unless the ground is frozen or waterlogged, but autumn is best. Fertile, well drained soil is best, although they are tolerant of heavvier soils as long as they are not waterlogged, and in full sun or semi shade. 

If planting against a wall, leave a gap of about 18ins, and preferably tie the stem to wires atached to the wall. There should be about 5ft between plants or about 2ft if you are planting a hedge. Feed with a balanced general fertilizer each winter and lay a thick mulch of organic matter.       

When pruning avoid last year's growth which will carry the next crop of berries. A hedge should be pruned three times a year starting in the spring.

Pyracantha scab is the main problem, it's a fungal disease resulting in loss of blossom and leaves, and disfigured fruit. It's important that you collect fallen leaves, cut out affected fruit and stems, then burn. Alternatively choose a resistant variety such as 'Shawnee' or 'Teton'.

Related Articles

Nectar Rich Late Flowering Plants That Attract Pollinators

Nectar Rich Late Flowering Plants That Attract Pollinators

Late flowering plants are essential sources of nectar for insects including butterflies and bees who are still foraging at this time of the year. Martyn Loach suggests five plants that will make your garden wildlife friendly into the autumn.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 15th of September, 2016.

HTA Plant Show 2016

HTA Plant Show 2016

As GardenSIte's plant specialist I always keenly anticipate the HTA National Plant Show. This is my chance to visit nurseries, find out what's trending in the horticultural world and source new stock, all from under one roof.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 24th of June, 2016.

December Gardening Jobs

December Gardening Jobs

Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs that can occupy the shortening days.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 6th of December, 2016.

January Gardening Jobs

January Gardening Jobs

Although the days are short and the weather generally overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Sunday, 1st of January, 2017.

comments powered by Disqus

RSS

View RSS Feed

Author

Nathan James Dodd Nathan James Dodd

Garden Designer

View Profile

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

Supplier Spotlight: Forest Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show

Supplier Spotlight: Forest Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show

As a yearly visitor to the Hampton Court Flower Show, I'll be enjoying much of the show's inspiration and fabulous florals this year, but I'm equally excited to see the fantastic gardening range provided by Forest Garden Products.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 23rd of June, 2017.

Review of the Barlow Tyrie Titan Rustic Garden Furniture Range

Review of the Barlow Tyrie Titan Rustic Garden Furniture Range

Robert Hall takes an in-depth look at the new Titan Range from Barlow Tyrie in his latest guide to choosing and buying garden furniture…

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Thursday, 8th of June, 2017.

Guide to Choosing and Buying Metal Sheds

Guide to Choosing and Buying Metal Sheds

Robert Hall reviews which metal shed would best suit you and your garden's needs in this detailed guide about the benefits, types, brands and most commonly asked questions customers ask when buying a metal shed.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 7th of June, 2017.

What To Do In The Garden in June

What To Do In The Garden in June

At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 17th of May, 2017.