Pyracantha is an evergreen, small to medium-sized shrub. In the spring it has white flowers, which are attractive to pollinators followed by brightly coloured berries, red, yellow or orange, depending on the variety. Its common name is Firethorn on account of the coloured berries.
Pyracantha has a medium rate of growth, and can be wall trained, standalone, form part of a shrub border or for hedging (see below.)
Plant Pyracantha in full sun or partial shade. Some varieties are more hardy than others so if you are planting in a colder area select a variety which is fully hardy such as P. Orange glow (illustrated top left), or P. coccinea, 'Golden Charmer' or Golden Dome or check with your supplier.
Pyracantha can suffer from pyracantha scab, and fireblight. There are new varieties of Pyracantha which are resistant to these diseases such as P. Golden Charmer and the Saphyr series.
As with all newly planted shrubs, remember, water, water, and water.