Sweet Bursaria
(Bursaria spinosa)

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Bursaria spinosa

This sweet-smelling open shrub is quite ungainly when young but becomes more attractive when mature, growing up to 2.5m. Its branches are thorny and flowers-- produced in summer--are creamy-white in colour and fragranced. It produces brown fruits after flowering and is attractive to butterflies. Very hardy in a wide range of soils and conditions, it is found in all Australian states and territories but the Northern Territory. Sweet Bursaria is a member of the Pittosporaceae family.

Type
Native
Maintenance
Medium
Water use
Minimal
Lifecycle
Perennial
Container
One
Size
Small shrubs 0.5 - 3 metres
Root size
4 metres
Foliage
Deciduous
Zones
Arid interior, Semi-arid with winter rain, Moist temperate with warm summers, Winter rains with dry summers, Semi-arid with summer rain, Moist temperate with hot summers
Soils
Sandy, Loam, Clay
Tolerances
Frost
Regions
Central Highlands Garden, Yarra Valley Water plants
Shade levels
Sun/shade
Flowering seasons
Summer, Autumn
Colours
Green, White
Gardens
Native