PYRACANTHA COCCINEA – FIRETHORN
Pyracantha coccinea is a native of Southern Europe and Asia Minor and is a member of the Rosaceae family
It is a 3 metre x 2.5 metre shrub that has white flowers in winter followed by brilliant red berries.
The foliage is shiny, grey/green and evergreen and is a member of the Rose family, it does well in most soil types in full sun or partial sun.
It is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds, particularly small birds because it affords them protection from predators. It is also a source of food for most birds.
Pyracantha when used as a hedge can be a form of protection from unwanted intruders and pruning should be done in the cooler months.
Some caution should be used in cooler areas as the seeds germinate easily in cooler areas.