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 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.

Family : Pittosporaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small shrub
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Summer
Soil Type : Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant
Scientific Name: Bursaria spinosa
Common Name : Sweet Bursaria
Height : 4
Flower Color : White
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects