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Sweet Bursaria

image by: 
Kevin Sparrow
Bursaria spinosa subsp spinosa

A narrow rounded shrub with massed bunches of fragrant creamy flowers at the ends of branches, followed by well displayed brown purse-like dry seed capsules. There are variations in this shrub, it has dark green leaves that can be small or large, the branches may or may not have spikes with coastal forms known for being quite tall. This species is fairly hardy and easy to grow in full sun to part shade and will tolerate dry conditions, light frost and some salt spray. Annual pruning will prevent it becoming leggy and sparse, it is great for attracting birds, butterflies and insects. It also be used to assist in erosion control as the fibrous roots bind the soil.

Type: 
Shrub
Height: 
3+m
Maintenance: 
Low
Flowering Time: 
Summer
Light: 
Sun
Part Shade
Water Requirement: 
Low
Tolerates: 
Heavy and Clay soil
Sandy Soil
Lime / Alkaline Soil
Some Coastal Exposure
Dry conditions
Acidic Soils
Biodiversity Benefits: 
Butterfly Attracting
Birds
Plant Origin: 
Local Native
Natural Occurence: 
Vic/NSW/Qld/SA/Tas

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