Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Breynia nivosa 'Roseo-picta' Confetti Bush

Breynia nivosa 'Roseo-picta' 
Confetti Bush

Breynia are a group of shrubs growing from 1 to 2 metres which are noted for their small brightly coloured leaves ,mottled pink as in the above,and pure white in the case of B 'Pacific Snow' .They are native to South Sea Islands and Australia. One Australian species which has the name B.'Ironstone Range' has burgundy coloured foliage and grows to around 2 metres. It is very decorative as the the branches weep over in a graceful manner and carry bright red berries from time to time.The other native species B oblongifolia is often found in coastal hind dunes and though of little ornamental value is an important food plant for butterfly species and birds which relish the small succulent fruit .All are hardy from tropical to warm temperate climates though some leaf drop may be expected when temperatures go down to zero C.
2017 update: Some suckering does occur around mature plants especially in sandy soils.
I currently have some plants available in 200mm pots at $15.95 ex Nursery.


  1. Hello
    I live in Cronulla just south of Sydney and would love to plant Breynia Nivosa along my front fence. I am only l street off the water and it sometimes can get quite windy in the winter months. It is a sunny position. Could you tell me in your opinion if this would work and if so what plant could I plant infront to make a good show. Thanks Diana

  2. Yes it should be fine as it likes coastal conditions. However cold winter wind may lead to leaf drop. Give me a call if you require more info on 0412 123 240

  3. I am wanting to plant this in my garden just north of Brisbane, but while researching I read that it succers profusely. Do you have any experience of it being a problem with succering? Thanks

  4. I have this bush and it has had more babies than I care to number. It's a beautiful plant this time of year, but goes off a bit in the winter. It's hard to see the flowers as they are hidden under the branches but the leaves are the show piece! I love it!

  5. Hi Eileen, Thanks for your comments. I am not having much luck in getting it to survive the winter cold in pots. Regards Ian

  6. I have quite a bit of suckering happening with my plants. I do want to use as a hedge but am worried it might become invasive. Could you please advise on this. Regards Trish

  7. Hi Trish,
    It is unlikely to become invasive. You could dig up the suckers and pot them on to give away. All my plants of it have died from getting too much water.
    Thanks for your comment Ian

  8. I have given all my friends seedlings from the mother plant and some of the 'good' gardeners killed theirs. I believe it was from too much watering. They like to be watered but I would suggest under rather than over watering. I have some in pots but prefer to plant them out. I can easily pull new plants out when they grow in the wrong place so I don't think they would become invasive.

  9. Hi Eileen, It is very much a low water use plant and can die from overwater especially in winter. It belongs in the Euphorbia family which may have something to do with it. Many Euphorbias are grouped with succulents and cacti.
    Regards Ian