Bursaria spinosa – Sweet Bursaria

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 prostate 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
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Summer
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 Uses:Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.