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I wonder if this is normal for firethorn to shed its leaves. I have noticed that in the last week the leaves have gone a dark freen brown and have fallen off. There is stil loads of berries and the top of the stems have green leaves. Is this because of the very cold weather we had in December?
And would it still be okay in the spring or will I have to invest in new plants
Would really like some answers cos I can't find any info anywhere



No, its not normal. Unfortunately, I don't know where you are in the UK so can't connect this event with any particular weather. Check the plant all over thoroughly for signs of disease, but there's not much you can do now, wait till spring when it starts growing again - it's clearly not dead or it'd have lost foliage from the top as well.

16 Jan, 2011


Thank you so much - my location is Hertfordshire. We missed most of the very severe weather but we effected nonetheless. I shall wait till spring and see what happens, maybe a good pruning might do the trick?

Thanks once again

16 Jan, 2011


Check for pyracantha scab, through the summer check leaves for dark small blotches in the centre of the leaves, i feed my pyracantha hedge in the s pring with a liqiud comfrey feed which i make on my allotments and it allways looks healthy, but dont worry i have come across pyracanthas on many occaisions which have suffered total leaf loss and have always come back into leaf, clear and burn fallen affected leaves and give it some tlc, if pyracantha scab is the cause then a chemical control may be used instead of the above organic method. julien

16 Jan, 2011


Hertfordshire had some very low temperatures and hard frosty conditions at the beginning of winter and on to Christmas - funnily enough, snow is helpful, insulates plants (though it should be brushed off large evergreens) but the hard frosts are much more damaging. Just watch for signs of new growth in Spring, I'm sure it'll be fine.

17 Jan, 2011


Thanks for the advice and the reassurance

17 Jan, 2011

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