What plant is this?

longshanks 24 October 2011 9

spiky bush

Hi there – I was hoping to harness some collective RiotACT knowledge to identify what this horrible spiky plant is.

It’s currently about 3m tall and 2m wide and in the process of taking over the garden…


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9 Responses to What plant is this?
breda breda 1:08 am 25 Oct 11

Yep, looks like pyrocantha (firethorn):


There is a hedge of it bordering a little park near my place. The Weeds and Seeds people come every year and prune it – very carefully and from a safe distance. The berries are pretty though.

Good intruder deterrent along a fenceline, but high maintenance.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 8:11 pm 24 Oct 11


chris820 chris820 6:16 pm 24 Oct 11

Looks a bit like Acacia Paradoxa.

Prickly little buggers

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 5:16 pm 24 Oct 11


Antagonist Antagonist 4:36 pm 24 Oct 11

I’m going to go with Pyracantha. I just removed most of one from my front garden. Use something with long handles to cut because the bastard will bite you no matter how thick and long your gloves are. Those thorns are nasty! I used a chainsaw to cut my way into the centre and then cut the bastard down a bit at a time. Your arms will look like you tried to administer a pill to a cat by the time you are finished.

Corkhills refused to take the dead carcass. They didn’t want the thorns in their compost – which sounded fair enough to me. So now I have a stump that needs moving. Anyone know somebody with a stump grinder in Tuggeranong who does cash jobs?

churl churl 4:26 pm 24 Oct 11


martyo martyo 3:55 pm 24 Oct 11

If you really need to know – you can pay a proper scientist 🙂 Plant Identifications: $16.50 per specimen – http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/plant_info/identifying_plants/plant_identification_service – I’ll ask around at work (CSIRO) for you..check back tomorrow

longshanks longshanks 3:42 pm 24 Oct 11

Sorry, I should have given some sort of scale for the photo. If it helps, the buds are pretty small – approx 3mm across.

futto futto 3:27 pm 24 Oct 11

Some species of Bougainvillea? The thorns look a lot like those.

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