Firethorn (Pyracantha species)

Firethorns are a hardy shrub introduced as a hedging plant. They forms dense thickets in coastal and tableland areas of NSW.


How does this weed affect you?

Firethorn is generally spread by birds, eating the berries. It will form dense thickets shading out native species and restricting movement of humans and animals. It is common in coastal and tableland areas of NSW. 

What does it look like?

It produces bright yellow, orange or red berries.  

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Firethorn (Pyracantha species).

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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Reviewed 2014