The scarlet firethorn is a thorny shrub and not a climbing plant, but it can be espaliered on a façade. It is very ornamental with its white flowers and red berries. It may be planted as a bush to protect the base of a facade or wall against graffiti or trained to an orderly shape with a trellis.
Latin: pyracantha coccinea
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. Distance between two plants: 2.5 - 4 meters. Two cultivars are not available at the moment.
Rambler, seldom higher than 4 meters with hanging shoots, that is often grown as a formed tree. Thorny and evergreen. White flowers in June and yellow, orange or red berries in winter depending on the cultivar that will be greatly appreciated by birds. Pruning in winter will promote ramification. Firethorn is subject to fireblight. Firethorn seeds are slightly poisonous.