Sweet bursaria, also known as Christmas Bush, is a fascinating plant with a rich history and a range of unusual characteristics. Its fragrant flowers attract a diverse array of insects, including bees, butterflies, and moths, and its toxic compounds make it a natural termite repellent. The plant is also culturally significant to indigenous Australians, who have used it for traditional ceremonies and as a source of food and medicine for thousands of years. Interestingly, sweet bursaria belongs to the citrus family and its leaves and stems release a zesty, citrus-like aroma when crushed, adding to its unique charm.
Sweet bursaria is a hardy plant that prefers well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Water regularly during establishment. Incredibly drought tolerant once established. Prune regularly to promote compact, dense growth.