Pyracantha 'Soleil d'Or'
Description: A upright dense growing form of the evergreen Pyracantha. Rich evergreen foliage which form a clean background to the mass of small white flowers in late spring and then the profusion of rich yellow berries which provide an excellent show from October to March.
Uses: Its dense wide growing habit make it ideal for training against a wall or for use as a hedging plant. The long thorns make it useful for security planting.
Climate/Position: Sun or partial shade
Height/Spread: 3 metres x 2.5 metres spread
Soil Requirements: Any free draining soil.
Pruning: There are a range of methods of Pyracantha pruning. For free standing shrubs then it may be that no pruning is required or a light prune for shaping the plant. For hedging plants cut after flowering in Spring and then 2 - 3 times in the summer as required (using gloves for protection).
For wall trained shrubs then train young plants into a framework onto wires or trellis and then ensure outward facing growth is pruned back after flowering. Try to limit the amount of 2 year growth which is removed to ensure future flower and berry displays.
Special Requirements: Use gloves when working with Pyracantha as the thorns are very hard and can be painful!
Additional Interest: Plant Breeders Rights apply. Trade name = 'Cadrou'
The name pyracantha comes from the Greek pyr - fire and acanthos - thorn, hence the common name Firethorn.