Evergreen wall or fence shrub with nasty thorns - good for keeping people out! Many varieties - all having white/cream flowers in May/June and then the berries starting to colour up from August onward. Depending upon the season, these Golden Firethorns can hold their berries right until Christmas and beyond. The birds have quite a bit of say in this matter!
Quite quick growing with an upright habit of growth in the initial stages, but as maturing tends to spread out. I will suit full sun or part shade, will also tolerate dry conditions.
Pyracantha Orange Glow and Pyracantha Golden Glow, along with the Golden Charmer and Orange Charmer varieties are the best Firethorns of those particular colours. P. orange Glow is one of the few varieties to have been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Menrit.
Pyracantha are generally grown as wall or fence shrubs, but this particular variety can also be grown as a stand-by-itself specimen, even developing into a large evergreen shrub or small tree over time.
If grown against a wall or fence, Firethorn Pyracantha is best trained by tying the main shoots to support and then pruning back to framework annually.
This is best achieved by early summer cutting back af all new growth to within a few inches of the main framework - thereby exposing the developing berries, which will give a 'wall od berries' during autumn and through to winter.
Pyracantha Orange Glow is also a very good hedging or screening plant. Virtually impenetrable when established.
Any soils other than the heaviest wet soils will suit, with preference to well drained areas such as are normally found at the base of walls. Certainly avoid wet areas that tend to become sodden in the cold winter months.
Full sun or light shade are the preferred aspects and preferably not too exposed to drying winds.
Assorted leaf spots can occur but are seldom more than unsightly for a while. leaf scorch from cold drying winds materialises with browning of the entire leaf or leaf edges.
Fireblight can also be a problem and is quite distinctive in that one side (normally) of the shrub; looks as though it has been scorched with a nearby fire. Not to be confused with minor leaf spots as above.
Can be grow from seed quite successfully - though takes time. Ripe seed is best sown in pots or trays and overwintered in a coldframe the see the seedlings appear in early spring. Semi-ripe cuttings area also an easy way of obtaining additional plants. Be aware that the thorns can give a very painful belt! care is essential.
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