The scarlet firethorn is a thorny shrub and not a climbing plant, but is nevertheless suitable for façade greening. It delights with its white flowers and colourful berries, and is also wintergreen. It can be planted as a bush to protect the base of a facade against graffiti or it can be trained into a desired shape with a trellis.
Latin: pyracantha coccinea
Scarlet Firethorn needs a sunny (full sun) location, or at least a position where it gets full daylight. Can live in full or semi-shade but then produces fewer or hardly any flowers and fruit. Needs nutrient-rich and moist soils with good water retention. Distance between two plants: 2.5 - 4 metres.
Two cultivars are not available at the moment.
This is a rambler, seldom growing higher than 4 metres, with hanging shoots, that is often grown as a formed/shaped tree. Thorny and evergreen, it has white flowers in June, and- depending not the cultivar-yellow, orange, or red berries in winter which are loved by birds. Pruning in winter will promote branching. Firethorn is subject to fireblight. Firethorn seeds are slightly poisonous.