homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner
Bursaria spinosa - Cav.
                 
Common Name Christmas Bush
Family Pittosporaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forests and open places, but avoiding arid areas[152], in loamy soils, stony hills and on riverbanks[154], probably at its best near the coast[167].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Bursaria spinosa Christmas Bush


http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bursaria_spinosa_flowers.jpg
Bursaria spinosa Christmas Bush
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bursaria_spinosa_opened_fruit.jpg
   
Physical Characteristics
 icon of manicon of shrub
Bursaria spinosa is an evergreen Shrub growing to 4.5 m (14ft 9in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Hedge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Skin.

Skin. The leaves contain the coumarin 'aesculin' - this is used in the treatment of lupus by irradiation and as a screen from ultra-violet light in suntan lotions[152].
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge;  Weather protection;  Wood.

Leaves contain the coumarin 'aesculin' which is used in the treatment of lupus by irradiation and as an ultraviolet radiation screen in suntan lotions[152]. Plants can be grown as a hedge in mild climates[167]. Wood - tough, hard, close grained, easily worked. Used for tool handles, cabinet making etc[154].
Cultivation details
Requires a well-drained moisture retentive soil in full sun[200]. This species only succeeds outdoors in Britain in the mildest areas of the country[11, 182]. Plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. They require a warm south or south-west facing wall in Britain, succeeding in areas where frosts are light and short lived[200]. A good bee plant[167], the flowers are sweetly fragrant[219, 245]. Very ornamental[1].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. It does not require pre-treatment. When large enough to handle, prick the plants out into individual pots. Grow on the young plants for at least the first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Consider giving the plants some protection from winter cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[219]. They require a little bottom heat if they are to root well[245].

Books by Plants For A Future

Other Names
Found In
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Plant Suppliers: Click here for a List

      You can download this page as a PDF

Due to a fault in the PDF printer we are trying a few different options. Please try the one below

 

Print Friendly and PDF
Expert comment
 
Author
Cav.
Botanical References
11154200
Links / References
For a list of references used on this page please go here
Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
David Felglow Mon, 5 Apr 1999 21:45:23
Bursaria spinosa is no more a Christmas bush than an orange tree.
Elizabeth H.
wells e. farnsworth Sun May 29 20:39:26 2005
Bursaria spinoza: Published references concerning this plant
QR Code

What's this?

This is a QR code (short for Quick Response) which gives fast-track access to our website pages. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone (smartphone) cameras. This QR Code is unique to this page. All plant pages have their own unique code. For more information about QR Codes click here.

1. Copy and print the QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazines, newspaper etc and even t-shirts.
2. Smartphone users scan the QR Code which automatically takes them to the webpage the QR Code came from.
3. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf.org website on their phone.
Add a comment/link

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. If you think a comment/link or information contained on this page is inaccurate or misleading we would welcome your feedback at admin@pfaf.org. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves.

* Please note: the comments by website users are not necessarily those held by PFAF and may give misleading or inaccurate information.

To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.

Subject : Bursaria spinosa  

Plant Uses

Edible Uses
Medicinal Uses
Other Plant uses
Woodland Gardening
Why Perennial Plants?
Top Edible Plants
Top Medicinal Plants
Garden Design
Habitats
Translations

Twiter      Facebook

Content

Content Help
Bookshop
Support Us
Blog
Links
Old Database Search
Suppliers
Contact
About Us
News
Sign In

PFAF Newsletter

Stay informed about PFAFs progress,
challenges and hopes by signing up for
our free email ePost. You will receive
a range of benefits including:
* Important announcements and news
* Exclusive content not on the website
* Updates on new information &
functionality of the website & database

We will not sell or share your email address.
You can unsubscribe at anytime.