Bonsai Training Information

Pyracantha coccinea
Scarlet Firethorn

Firethorn is a large, evergreen shrub that is cherished for its spectacular fall and winter display of scarlet fruits and ability to withstand dry and droughty conditions. Firethorn typically grows into a tangled mound up to 3 m by 3.5 m wide.


Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Literate, Group planting, Saikei




Full sun. Needs well ventilated position to help fight its fungal deseases.


Prefers moist soil. Needs moderate watering. Do not let pot dry out.


Forthnightly with high nitrogen feed from early spring to early summer. Then swicth to a low nitrogen feed especially if you have had a good crop of fruit.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Prune hard in late winter or early spring. Pinch out new growth throughout the growing season.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Every year in spring in spring use a well drained soil, to ensure water logging does not occur. Use 1 part Akadama and 1 Part Pumice.


Can be done any time through out the year. Older branches are brittle and need to be handled carefully. Mind out for the thorns. Do not keep the wire on too long as it will mark the bark.


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