Pyracantha coccinea, the firethorn, is a Rosaceous shrub which is native to south-east Europe and western Asia. It is partially evergreen and has no notable autumn foliage colouration, but is grown principally for the fine show of berries which vary from yellow (e.g. Sappho Yellow') to brilliant red ('Mohave', 'Watereri'). Grown against a wall is it a rapid grower which takes and indeed needs heavy pruning, but always with good leather gloves as the thorns are vicious. It can be susceptible to fireblights, but rarely suffer in the north of the UK. Author's garden, Hexham, UK.