it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Borthwick Park. The Bursaria spinosa are putting on a beautiful show just now. 

Also known as Christmas Bush or Sweet Bursaria, this species plays an important part in our biodiversity project as butterflies love the fragrant showy cream flowers.  The 0.5-1 cm long spines lend the species name spinosa and provide shelter for small birds as a further biodiversity bonus.  

The Christmas Bush can be grown in a home garden as a decorative plant or even hedged.  Click here to find out more on the State Flora website.