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Hi has anyone used Pyracantha as a screen/hedge and got any tips? Thanks for reading.


  • Hi PLS - is the screen/hedge likley to be windswept? If yes, this could be a problem, particularly if its exposed to a coastal salt wind. maybe worth a look.


  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,092

    Hi - not yet, but i have just ordered plants for a p. hedge.  Probably not enough actually as i was too greedy for some other things. 

    I did read up on it and thought it sounded quite idiot proof.

  • Yes it's very windy and rainy here but not salty! Had thought of Hawthorn but was looking for an evergreen.

  • Our next door neighbour at the last house had a pyracantha hedge - full of birds all the time - one year it was visited by a flock of waxwings who spent several hours stripping it of berries.  We watched from our bedroom window just a few feet away.  A wonderful hedge. 

    However, do keep on top of the trimming of it if it's near a footpath - it's very spiny and squeezing past with a bicycle on your way to work in the morning can be a painful process image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    I think it would make an excellent screen. Tough as old boots and the berries are terrific, and if it's in a position where you see it form the house, you'll get great entertainment from the birds in winter image

    Salty winds would be a problem for many plants - in a coastal situation you need a sacrificial stretch of planting on boundaries to protect the stuff you want to keep. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Sounds wonderful as there are lots of birds in garden and I like to put things in for them. It's not near a path or access so no problems there. Thanks everyone it's always good to ask!image

    Looks like I've got my work cut out for me!

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,823

    They make a very lush, dense hedge, great for birds and bees.  We have a mature hedge, about 2.5 by 9 metres, it gets battered by wind a bit, but does well as it is planted against a fence.  If you want a formal hedge, be prepared to trim it 3 - 4 times a year, as they are very vigorous (and wear thick gloves!).  We tried to extend our hedge, but the new plants got Fireblight and died, and that area cannot be replanted with Pyracantha.  Part of our main hedge also died due to Fireblight, but luckily 95% survived.  Try to buy a Fireblight resistant cultivar.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    If you got room to let it be less formal you'll get more berries. A mix of berry colours is stunning. There's a large area planted with a mix on a local industrial estate. Fantastic, you forget all about the grottiness of the surrounding area

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    We have pyracantha at the bottom of our garden which screens overlooking bedroom windows.  We also have it mixed with holly and yew.  The hedge is very busy with birds.  The pyracantha however is vicious to trim so I have a 'hedge man' come annually to slice the top off.   

  • That is a very lush hedge, there's enough room for it not to be formal so hopefully get lots of berries and I'll look into Fireblight resistant cultivars. Many many thanks, looking forward to it!

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