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Mohave Pyracantha (Firethorn)

CharleyDCharleyD Posts: 440

I think I'm reading that Firethorn is normally trained against a wall or fence.  Has anyone succesfully grown it as a standalone high hedge?  I'm looking for a flowering, evergreen, 10ft hedge that is ok in windy conditions.  It will get afternoon sun.  


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249

    There is a fabulous Pyracantha free standing hedge on the side of a road we often drive along.near to Bridgemere Garden Centre, so I suppose that it is possible. Problem as far as I can see is that it is terribly prone to Fireblight, so could succumb if there is any in the area,

  • CharleyDCharleyD Posts: 440

    Oh that's encouraging then.  Thanks.  I'll make some enquiries to see if we're troubled with Fireblight on the Isle of Man.  Do you happen to know which way the hedge is facing please?  

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249

    No, sorry, just see the flash of red berries when we go past.

    There is also a mixed coloured,low hedge of this in Oswestry which is a fairly cold part of the West Midlands, so it should be ok in any aspect in the I.O.M.

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    There a couple of front gardens near me that have it as a hedge, and it looks very effective as there are two different coloured berries (red and orange) in big clumps dotted through the greenery. Very effective.

  • CharleyDCharleyD Posts: 440

    Great!  Thanks everyone.  It sounds a promising possibility.

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