Sick looking Pyracantha

I have a Pyracantha, it's an oldish one, as the above says, it looks a little bit poorly. I have looked at diseases of this plant and scab seems to affect flowers and fruit, neither present at the moment. Blight may be a possibility, I don't have a picture but will try later if necessary

Any other known problems? I quite like it and the birds love it.



  • MarkE1984MarkE1984 Posts: 17

    Hi summerwine, have you got a picture. I have a few pyracantha's, one of mine was looking a bit dodgy last year but seemed to pick up snd looks ok now.

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 751

    Yes, without a photo it's a bit like writing to the doctor, 'I feel a bit unwell. What could be wrong with me?' image We'll need a bit more to go on. image

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Pyracantha, can take a heavy prune, so it may be worth doing so, then giving it a good feed to help it grow back over the summer.

  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    Hi summer wine, mine looked like your description last year and I pruned it back to within an inch of its llife! Sadly it it didn't image, but I thought it had until this month - lots of new, healthy growth. As Dave suggests a good feed and would add watering regularly. The wet weather took care of the watering for me. 

    Mine looked pretty bad so I had nothing to loose In giving it a hard pruning.

    Good luck.



  • Thank you all for the replies, my camera has gone walkabout!! It just looks really 'off' the leaves are a bit yellowy and the shape looks out of kilter somehow, like it's flopping, kind of wilting.

    If camera turns up, I think little grandson has hidden it, I will put a picture up. In the meantime a feed and water.....looks so sad, poor thing. image 

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Mine have looked better in previous years, I think they were just waterlogged and a lot of goodness from soil has been washed away. I've fed with Growmore raked around the bases and have given a gentle prune this year.

    It's still early in the year and I wouldn't normally be out looking at them. This time last year they were covered in snow.

    Can't hurt to feed it, but if you've had a lot of rain over the winter, don't water it, I wonder if too much rain is why it looks sick.  Poke down into soil and see if it is wet / dry. Think we are all going to get some rain over next few days.  

    Given time I'm sure it will pick up. image

  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    From more info would agree with kef - waterlogged. Just feed and hold the pruning until signs of recovery.

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    This is it, bit yellow and rough looking. There are a few near me and they are much greener and healthier looking.

  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    Hmm, good sign - can see new growth. Those yellowed parts look to be coming from individual branches (not overall the shrub) 

    awkward to remove without leaving gaps

    Thinking, if it were mine I would feed as kef advised and wait and see. 

  • Yes will feed and hope the yellow subsides, also can't prune because I don't want to cut off any buds that are forming. It has looked better!!  image

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