Pyracantha Orange Berries ('Orange Glow') Hedge Plants Description
Orange Pyracantha, also known as Firethorn, is a dense, spiny evergreen shrub which makes an excellent intruder deterrent. This variety is also chosen for its abundant bright-orange berry clusters that provide colour through autumn into winter, and food for native bird species. In late spring, creamy-white, highly scented flowers bloom profusely across the plant and attract a host of insects and pollinators.
It is a tough, hardy plant which grows quite quickly (approx 50cm p.a.) and should be pruned after flowering to expose the spent flowers, which will become berries, to sunshine. We also have Red and Yellow varieties of Pyracantha, as well as an additional variety which we have available in the form of an instant hedging screen, for a ready-grown hedge look but with the added privacy and security of a fence.
Pyracantha is very easy to grow in most soils and sun or partial shade but is not suitable for seaside gardens, very dense shade, or very windy sites. The network of armoured stems makes it a great nesting site for small birds - with "breakfast in bed" in Winter when they feast on the ripe berries. We also sell a range of other hedging species with berries, as well as varieties suitable for intruder-proof hedging.
See our Pyracantha hedging guide for more information.
*Please note that in accordance with DEFRA regulations, we are unable to dispatch this species to anywhere outside of the UK Mainland.
Youll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed in the product grid. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long youre willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
Pruning of Pyracantha is not technically necessary unless you wish to keep it to a specific height and shape, which if grown as a hedge is usually the case.
When Pyracantha is first planted, ideally it should be left to develop for a couple of years in order to establish a good root system, unless the plant is already mature and you wish to keep it to the current height and shape. Pruning needs to be done at the right time of year however, otherwwise flowering and fruiting could be impacted the following year.
The ideal time for maintenance pruning is actually during flowering in the late spring. This may seem strange, however it is not with a view of cutting back the flowering stems themselves as these will go on to produce the lovely red berries. Pruning whilst flowering allows you to identify the stems that aren't producing and to cut those particular stems back by around a third or a little more to encourage healthy growth which will then produce the following year. When cutting the stems, cut at a downward angle so that any water can run off the cut and the plant can heal quickly.
It is also important to maintain good airflow around the shrub so that disease can be prevented for the most part. To ensure good airflow, don't allow the centre to become too dense. Simply look for the older stems coming from the centre and trim a few (not all) of the stems away to improve the air circulation around the plant. In the main this will help to prevent diseases such as scab or any fungal diseases from taking hold.
Finally, to maintain a good shape, you will need to trim some of the outer stems but usually only the ones most outward growing. These will be slightly older stems by a couple of years. Lightly trim these back to achieve the desired shape but don't hard prune as it will take longer for the plant to recover and be productive.
If however your Pyracanthat is old, overgrown or unruly, it will stand a hard prune to bring it back to some kind of shaping and can be cut back by as much as half of its bulk. This can be done any time between March and October for best results. Although it may take a little while to recover, being quite a tough shrub it will inevitably bounce back.
Our top tip for Pyracantha pruning though is to invest in a very thick pair of gardening gloves. Pyracantha is also known as Firethorn, a name derived from its colourful nature but mostly the long thorns that adorn this plant but which make it ideal as an intruder deterrent. Care should always be taken when pruning but the rewards are plentiful, especially when the plant is in full flower or awash with a profusion of colourful berries.
Free delivery is available on most orders (except Premium Products) providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Standard Boxes (Bare roots up to 1.2m tall and pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£7.99 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Tall Boxes (Bare roots 1.2m and over)||£14.99 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Pallets (Root balls, large pots (10L+), trees etc)||£60.00 delivery charge (orders up to £350 incl VAT)||Orders of £350 and over - FREE|
|Pleached Trees (Specialist Delivery)||£450.00 delivery charge (orders up to £1500 incl VAT)||Orders of £1500 and over - FREE|
There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall or large plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.).
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Choose a delivery day that suits you with our new Nominated Day Delivery option at checkout. Whilst our standard no signature delivery means you don't need to take time away from other committments to receive your order, we understand that there are times our customers want to make sure they are present to accept delivery, either to plant straight away or to store somewhere safe and out of the way until you're ready to plant.
For an additional fee, you can make sure that your order arrives on the exact day you want it. Please note that this is additional charge to all qualifying orders, including those above the free delivery threshold for Standard Delivery.
Our Nominated Day Delivery is available year-round on the weekdays Tuesdays to Fridays, excluding the day after any bank holiday.
Some products are sent direct from our suppliers and as such are not available for Nominated Day Delivery. These include:- Cell Grown Hedging Plants- Instant Trough Grown Hedging Plants- Instant Hedging Screens- Premium Root Balls (250cm and above in height)- Turf
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