Teton Firethorn

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Teton Firethorn is a variety of a thorny, fast-growing evergreen shrub with stiff branches and an upright-spreading habit that make it ideal for hedging. Native to a broad region covering southwestern Europe all the way to southeastern Asia, Firethorn is adaptable to a variety of environments and soil conditions. Firethorn (Pyracantha) gets its common name from its long, sharp thorns that run along the stems, making this a great choice for a hedge prividing privacy and security. It also boasts abundant clusters of bright, yellow-orange fruit that cover its branches, which make a nice contrast to the shiny, dark, evergreen leaves. In the late spring and early summer, Teton Firethorn bursts into bloom with abundant tiny white flowers that attract honeybees.

A row of firethorn (Pyracantha) hedge in full, fragrant bloom during the month of May at InstantHedge field.


A row of firethorn (Pyracantha) hedge in full, fragrant bloom during the month of May at InstantHedge field.


Fall through late winter, the evergreen Teton Firethorn will have bright orange berries that are attractive to birds.


Teton Firethorn hedge with orange berries still on the plants in February in Oregon.

Quick Guide

Firethorn Growing Region
    • Evergreen hedge
    • Deer resistant
    • Great for privacy and security with sharp thorns
    • Firethorn Attracts honeybees with white flowers in spring
    • Bright orange berries feed birds through the winter and provide great ornamental value

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    Teton Firethorn makes a gorgeous evergreen hedge with year-round color and interest. In late spring, this hedge will explode with white flowers that attract honeybees and other pollinators. By fall, bright orange berries will develop and provide color for the landscape and food for birds through the winter.

    As the name implies, Teton Firethorn is also covered in sharp thorns that will effectively deter deer and make it an even more effective privacy hedge.

    Firethorn grows moderately quickly, about 8″ per year, and it responds well to heavy pruning. You could easily maintain this as a hedge anywhere from 3-8′ tall over time. It is a low-maintenance plant and grows well in full sun to nearly full shade. It tolerates most soils. An application of slow-release fertilizer in spring is plenty to feed this hedge through the year.

    Deer Resistance:YES
    Your Hardiness Zone:

    Sunset Heat Zones:3 - 24
    USDA Hardiness Zones:6 - 9
    Watering Requirements:Moderate
    Growth Rate:Fast
    Mature Size:Up to 10’ height and 8’ width
    Sun/Shade:Partial Shade to Full Sun
    Drought Tolerance:Yes
    Pest/Disease Issues:
    No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to aphids, scales, spider mites, fire blight, and sooty mold.

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