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autumngloryautumnglory Posts: 255

Will a pyracantha berry in mostly shade? I wanted to train one to grow up the fence at the bottom of my garden, but it's north east facing and it only gets sun for a couple of hours in the morning.

I've found conflicting information; some have said they're fine in the shade and others say they won't berry, and I'd like the berries for the birds! I think it'll be pretty boring with no berries!

If a pyracantha won't be suitable, does anyone have any suggestions for something else? I'd like something that I can prune so it doesn't try to grow through the neighbours' bushes.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,150

    I agree, viscious stuff. Poor show in the shade as well

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • autumngloryautumnglory Posts: 255

    I was going to keep it pruned so it doesn't reach the top of the fence. I'm pretty sure they prune with hedge clippers anyway judging by the perfectly straight line of bushes, but I'll have a look at the cotoneaster if it's shade tolerant.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Mine grows in part shade and it's fine. I love the pruning's, it keeps cats off my raised beds and nursery beds.

  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428

    My pyracantha is on a North-facing wall which gets little sun. I feed it well and water frequently - and have a vibrant green shrub which flowers and berries well. But it didn't do so well before I looked after it - so maybe that's what North-facing shrubs need?

  • autumngloryautumnglory Posts: 255

    Ah I'm undecided now. My other possibility was a star jasmine, but I wanted something I could easily control and jasmine will probably get entangled with the neighbours' bushes. 

    I've never seen a cat in our garden! Next door have a little dog that barks at anything that moves though!

  • autumngloryautumnglory Posts: 255

    My mom seems to have hers under control. It doesn't seem to grow overly fast, but hers is in the shade a fair bit too thinking about it. Might go for the jasmine then, just thinking the neighbours might get it with their hedge clippers!

  • I agree with Verd. This is a thug. My clothes were shredded and I was badly scratched after letting it grow too big, requiring cutting back. They will grow several feet each year. 

  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428

    I agree with all the anti-pyracantha comments. I love mine - BUT it can be admired from a distance and nobody (or animal) goes anywhere near it. I just happen to love them and go in once a year in my suit of armour and, when necessary, spray from a distance. 

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