Firethorn Pyracantha Saphyr Jaune = 'Cadaune'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
firethorn [Saphyr Jaune]


The plant known as Pyracantha Saphyr Jaune 'Cadaune' is distinguished by its vibrant display of yellow berries that add a bright splash of color to the landscape. These berries appear in clusters and can add a decorative element during the fall and winter months. The plant also features small, glossy green leaves that provide a dense, evergreen backdrop throughout the year. Adding to its striking appearance, the Pyracantha Saphyr Jaune boasts a thorny nature, with sharp spines that can make it an excellent choice for a natural defense barrier or hedge. This characteristic also makes it vital for gardeners to handle the plant with care during planting and maintenance. The plant produces white flowers that blossom in the spring, offering a contrasting display against the green foliage, and these flowers eventually develop into the eye-catching yellow berries that remain well into the colder months, often attracting birds and other wildlife. Overall, this plant provides year-round interest with its changing features from the blossoming white flowers to the summer greenery and the autumn to winter berry display. Its thorny branches and dense foliage also contribute to its popularity as a barrier plant, offering both aesthetic appeal and functionality.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Firethorn, Yellow Firethorn

    • Common names

      Pyracantha Saphyr Jaune ‘Cadaune’.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Firethorn, when ingested, can cause toxicity in humans. The berries of the firethorn plant contain cyanogenic glycosides, which can release cyanide in the body when digested. Symptoms of poisoning may include nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is important to seek medical attention if a significant quantity of the berries is consumed, as severe cases may lead to more serious symptoms due to the cyanide released in the body.

    • To pets

      Firethorn can be toxic to pets if ingested. The plant's berries contain cyanogenic glycosides, which can lead to cyanide poisoning. Symptoms of poisoning in pets may include vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and lethargy. If a pet consumes a large number of the berries, it can result in more serious health issues due to the release of cyanide upon digestion. It's critical to contact a veterinarian promptly if you suspect your pet has ingested any part of the firethorn plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      6-10 feet (1.8-3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Southeastern Europe to Southwest Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Ornamental Berries: Produces vibrant yellow berries that add color and visual interest to the landscape.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has good resistance to drought, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Wildlife Support: The berries provide a food source for birds during the winter months.
    • Privacy Screening: Can be used to create dense hedges that offer privacy and act as a living fence.
    • Intruder Deterrent: The plant's thorns make it an effective barrier against unwelcome animals and intruders.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Year-Round Interest: Evergreen foliage ensures that it provides visual interest throughout the year.
    • Soil Erosion Control: Its root system can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes.
    • Landscape Versatility: Suitable for a variety of garden styles, including formal and informal designs.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Bird habitat: Pyracantha provides dense thicket-like growth which can be a perfect sanctuary for birds to nest and take refuge from predators.
    • Privacy screen: The plant can be grown as an evergreen privacy hedge, blocking unwanted views and adding security to a property.
    • Noise reduction: When used as a hedge, the thick foliage of Pyracantha can help to dampen traffic noise or other unwanted sounds.
    • Erosion control: Its robust root system can help stabilize slopes and banks, preventing soil erosion.
    • Winter garden interest: The bright berries add color to a garden in fall and winter when other plants have died back.
    • Floral arrangements: The branches with berries can be cut and used in floral arrangements for autumn and winter decoration.
    • Insect habitat: Pyracantha provides shelter and food for beneficial insects, including bees and butterflies.
    • Training and topiary: The flexible branches can be trained along fences or walls, or even shaped into topiary forms for garden art.
    • Landscape architecture: Pyracantha can be used as a focal point in garden designs due to its vibrant berries and foliage.
    • Education: Can be used to educate students and garden enthusiasts about plant pruning, maintenance, and propagation techniques.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Firethorn is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Firethorn is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Protection: Pyracantha, also known as Firethorn, is often associated with protection due to its thorny branches that can form a barrier against unwanted visitors.
    • Persistence and Resilience: Firethorn is a hardy plant that can survive in challenging conditions, symbolizing an ability to persevere through adversity.
    • Prosperity and Abundance: The abundant berries produced by the Firethorn can symbolize a wealth of resources or plenty.
    • Hope and Encouragement: The bright berries and evergreen leaves provide color in the winter, symbolizing hope and the continual cycle of life during bleak times.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Firethorn 'Saphyr Jaune', commonly known as Firethorn, should be watered deeply and less frequently to encourage the development of a strong root system. In general, aim to water once a week, providing about 1 to 2 gallons of water for each plant, depending on soil conditions and climate. During hot, dry periods, increase the frequency to twice a week, ensuring the soil is moist but not waterlogged. In the winter, reduce watering as the plant's water requirements decrease. Always check the soil moisture level before watering to avoid over-watering.

  • sunLight

    Firethorn 'Saphyr Jaune' thrives best in full sun to partial shade. To optimize growth and berry production, plant it in a location where it will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. While it can tolerate some shade, too little light may result in fewer flowers and berries.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Firethorn 'Saphyr Jaune' is hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures. It can withstand minimum temperatures down to around 0°F and is comfortable in the heat up to about 100°F. However, its ideal growing temperature is between 60°F and 80°F. Ensure it’s planted in an area that protects it from harsh winter winds to prevent damage.

  • scissorsPruning

    Firethorn 'Saphyr Jaune' should be pruned to maintain shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage healthy growth. The best time to prune is late winter or early spring before the new growth starts. Thinning the branches can improve air circulation and light penetration, which is beneficial for the plant's overall health. Prune as necessary, but avoid excessive pruning which can reduce flowering and berry production.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The ideal soil mix for Pyracantha, commonly known as Firethorn, should be well-draining with added organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure. It prefers a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.0 and 7.0. A blend of loamy soil, peat, and sharp sand or perlite can provide the best results for Firethorn's growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Firethorn (Pyracantha) typically does not require frequent repotting and can be repotted every 3-5 years, or when it has outgrown its current container. It's best to repot in early spring before the onset of new growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Firethorn (Pyracantha) thrives in average outdoor humidity levels. It does not require any special humidity conditions indoors, making it adaptable to typical home environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Firethorn in a sunny spot, water when soil is dry.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Firethorn in sun to partial shade, ensure drainage.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Pyracantha Saphyr Jaune, commonly known as Firethorn 'Cadaune', begins its life cycle with seed germination, typically occurring in spring with warmth and moisture. After germination, the seedling emerges, developing into a juvenile plant with foliage but no flowers or berries. As the Firethorn matures, it enters the vegetative stage, where it experiences considerable growth in both height and spread, forming its characteristic thorny branches. The reproductive stage follows, usually in late spring to early summer, when the plant produces clusters of white flowers, which are pollinated by insects. Following successful pollination, these flowers give way to the development of distinctive yellow-orange berries, which mature in the autumn and provide food for birds and other wildlife. The Firethorn 'Cadaune' may remain in the mature stage for many years, with an annual cycle of flowering and fruiting, before eventually reaching the end of its lifespan.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Pyracantha Saphyr Jaune, commonly known as Firethorn, is best propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. The ideal time for taking cuttings is during the late summer to early fall months. To propagate, cut a 6 to 8-inch (15 to 20 centimeters) section of semi-hardwood, which is wood that has begun to mature but is not yet fully hard, from the current year's growth. The leaves on the lower half of the cutting should be removed and the cut end dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. Then, the prepared cutting can be placed in a well-draining potting mix, ensuring at least two sets of leaf nodes are below the surface of the mix. The cuttings should be kept moist and in a warm, indirect light until they have rooted, which can take several weeks. Once rooted, the new Firethorn plants can be hardened off before being planted out in their final locations.