A small shrub usually about 3 to 4m tall which produces abundant small white flowers through Summer. Native to the east coast, the form in the wild varies greatly depending on habitat — ranging from a prostrate shrub to a small tree — in cultivation it is usually grown as a small to medium shrub for garden and landscape settings. The flowers are sweetly perfumed, making this shrub a lovely feature plant, and it’s hardiness makes it a good choice for garden and landscape use. Low maintenance and fast-growing, it performs best in well drained soil and will thrive in conditions from full sun to partial shade. Yearly pruning will prevent it becoming leggy and sparse. Great for attracting wildlife as the dense prickly foliage offers a protective shelter for birds and the flowers also provide an important food source for butterflies and other insects.
|Scientific Name:||Bursaria spinosa|
|Common Name:||Sweet Bursaria|
|Other Common Names:||Blackthorn, Tasmanian Christmas bush, mock orange, native blackthorn, native box, native olive, prickly box, prickly pine, spiny box, spiny bursaria, thorn box,whitethorn|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||1.5 ~ 4 metres|
|Width:||1.5 ~ 3 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Border plant|
|Special Features:||Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
The information provided on the Gardening With Angus website is provided for general educational purposes about a variety of Australian plants. We recommend you seek further advice from qualified professionals regarding your own individual circumstances. Further disclaimer information>>
WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT
Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-
MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –