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Pyracantha 'Orange Glow'

Also known as

Firethorn 'Orange Glow'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Firethorn Overview

Pyracantha 'Orange Glow' is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is probably a cultivar of Pyracantha fortuneana. It has light to dark green glossy leaves, is strong-growing and has long spiny branches. Its tiny white flowers grow in large clusters all over the plant, making a stunning show in summer. These are followed in Autumn by all shades of orange, long-lasting berries. 'Orange Glow' is a large Pyracantha (also known as Firethorn). As a shrub of upright habit, it is often shown to good effect by training it up a sunny (or even North-facing) wall. It is tolerant of most soils, some shade and needs only light pruning. Plant it in a position with shelter from cold, drying winds. It is also drought-resistant, low maintenance, attractive to pollinators and birds, and has earned an RHS Award of Garden Merit. What's not to like (apart from the thorns)?!

Common problems with Firethorn

How to propagate Firethorn


Semi-hardwood from late spring.


Special features of Firethorn

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Autumn colour

Drought resistant

Hedge plant

Attracts birds

The berries are a good source of winter food.

Other uses of Firethorn

Hedging, ornamental fruit Summer/Winter interest.