Sunny (full sun) or at least full daylight position, however, in semi-shade or full shade produces less or hardly any flowers and fruit. Nutrient-rich and moist soils with good water retention.
Scrambler, up to 3m, at times cascading. Thorny, evergreen.
Flower and Fruit
White panicles in June. Fruit in winter depending on species either yellow, orange or red; bird food.
If required after winter, encourages branching; also suitable for topiary.
Depending on the species, firethorn may be susceptible to scurf and fire blight. A relatively resistant species is the classic hybrid "Red Column." The seeds are slightly poisonous.