The plant was bred by Andrew Parker, a specialist landscape contractor based in Essex, who identified Golden Paradise in a batch of Pyracantha seedlings raised at his own small nursery. He had never seen a golden-leaved Pyracantha before. He grew the plant on and propagated young plants from it, and then sought advice from Graham Spencer of independent plant breeders’ agent, Plants for Europe.
Spencer worked with specialist shrub propagators Seiont Nurseries to increase the plant so that there would be enough for launch and then approached Chelsea Gold Medal winner Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants to collaborate on the launch.
Seiont Nurseries manager Neil Alcock said: "It has excellent golden yellow foliage, brightest in the spring and early summer when the new growth emerges, but holding its colour well into late summer. The plant produces a good display of clusters of white flowers in early to mid summer which are then followed by orange-red berries in late autumn, which become darker in colour as they mature. The growth tips also develop a bronze tint in autumn, extending the season of interest for this variety late into the year."
Seiont Nurseries will also have plug and liner material for export into Europe. Golden Paradise will be available from wholesale nurseries in 2016.
We have a limited 5000-6000 for 2016