Firethorn (the common name for Pyracantha) is an evergreen shrub that’s so easy to grow and so useful in the landscape that it really deserves to be used more often. It can be grown in a container, planted as a specimen shrub or as a hedge, twined onto a trellis or, as above, its pliable young branches trained into a wall-hugging espalier. Yes, there are thorns to deal with (which make for a great barrier hedge, but also something to consider if you have children or curious pets), however, there are also spectacularly decorative masses of clustered red or orange berries that come on in fall and hang on through the winter.
Choosing the right pyracantha for your landscape is about the mature size of course, but also which color berry you prefer. One thing is certain–no matter your choice, birds will flock to your garden. If you’ve not considered using this gorgeous, fuss-free, problem solver in your yard, take a closer look at the six varieties below. Firethorn may be just the thing to light up the landscape.