Firethorn - Pyracantha coccinea


    This evergreen thorny shrub has small white flowers and bright orange or red berries.

    Identification difficulty

    Sometimes escapes from cultivation to establish in hedgerows or woods.

    When to see it

    Flowers in June.

    Life History

    Thorny evergreen shrub.

    UK Status

    Occasional but widespread in the southern half of Britain as an escape from cultivation.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map