Pyracantha is not easily overlooked. This shrub has green leaves that are joined in May/June by white flowers, and that contrast beautifully in late summer with the red berries.
It's those red berries that have earned Pyracantha its common name of firethorn. Firethorn is semi-evergreen. Before the berries appear, the plant blooms in May/June with white flowers that bees adore. They pollinate the flowers, as a result of which the plant ends up covered in berries. Pyracantha is therefore a beautiful shrub for both flowers and berries.
Pyracantha originates from the region stretching from south-east Europe to south-east Asia. It's in ancient plant that has been cultivated since the 16th century and has been used in gardens for a very long time. Pyracantha can last for years with only limited maintenance, which makes life easy.
Pyracantha’s berries are not very popular with birds, as a result of which they sometimes remain on the plant until winter. When the supply of food for birds really starts to run short, blackberries and thrushes in particular will come and snack on the berries.
Pyracantha is not really a cuddly plant: the sturdy, sharp thorns mean you need to be a bit careful. But small songbirds like to make their nest in this climbing plant, because the thorns protect them from cats.
The fierce thorns can also provide natural protection against burglars - handy!