Bursaria spinosa, also known as Sweet bursaria, is a versatile and hardy shrub that is commonly used in landscaping. This plant can grow up to 6 metres tall and has a spreading habit with an attractive, rounded shape. Bursaria spinosa features small, fragrant, creamy-white flowers that bloom in spring and summer, followed by clusters of small, red fruits. Its foliage is a lush, glossy green that turns bronze in colder months. This plant thrives in a range of conditions, from full sun to part shade, and is drought-tolerant once established. It is ideal for coastal gardens.
Height: 4-6 m
Width: 3-4 m
Aspect: Prefers full sun to partial shade and can tolerate a wide range of soil types.
Flowers: Produces small, white, fragrant flowers in spring and early summer, which are followed by small, dry fruit capsules.
Uses: Bursaria spinosa is commonly used as a screen or hedge plant due to its dense growth habit and thorny branches. It is also a useful plant for erosion control and habitat restoration, as it can tolerate a range of environmental conditions. The plant is also used in traditional medicine to treat a range of ailments, including skin conditions, coughs, and fevers. The flowers provide a source of nectar for bees and other pollinators.