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Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa

Sweet Bursaria, Kurwan, Tupy

Narrow to rounded shrub or small tree with spines along branches. Plants spinier, smaller leafed in drier sites, larger-leaved & often spineless in moist sites.

Additional information

  • FamilyPittosporaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size2-6 m x 2-3 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesLeaves variable - narrow to elliptic, often notched, shiny, dark green to 25 mm x up to 10 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeNovember to February
  • FlowersMassed bunches of fragrant flowers at the ends of branches. Well displayed brown seed capsules held for a long time after flowering.
  • Bird attractingInsects
  • Butterfly attractingBoth food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to dry well drained soils in forests of foothills and mountains. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun, partial shade.
  • Garden usePrune from young plants to produce bushy plants in dry areas. Plants attractive in flower and fruit but need to be selected according to conditions.
  • Commercially availableGenerally
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Food - honey; wood - sticks (waddy)
Photographer/s: 1-5 Marilyn Bull ©; 6 Peter Kinchington ©

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