• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Pyracantha rogersiana

Asian firethorn

Asian firethorn

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Asian firethorn

  • Genus Pyracantha are evergreen shrubs or small trees, with spiny branches bearing simple leaves and corymbs of small white flowers followed by showy red, orange or yellow berries

  • Family Rosaceae / Rosaceae

  • Species P. rogersiana is a large, vigorous, spiny evergreen shrub of arching habit, with glossy, narrowly oblong leaves up to 4cm in length. Clusters of small, creamy-white flowers followed by orange-red berries

  • Plant range SW China


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity The seeds may cause mild stomach upsets if ingested



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height

    2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Tolerant of pollution

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings from late-spring onwards

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Low Maintenance Hedging & Screens Banks and Slopes Wall-side Borders Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Can get aphids, woolly aphid, caterpillars, brown scale and leaf-mining moths

Diseases May be affected by fireblight and scab

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