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SEASIDE PITTOSPORUM
Pittosporum crassifolium

Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum crassifolium

Photo Locations: Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA and Santa Cruz, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Karo Pittosporum is grown either as a shrub or tree standard. It does well in coastal conditions, but suffers in hot climates. It is fairly drought resistant and tolerates smog and saline soils. It s clean, dense growth makes it attractive, and it is quite durable once established. It may require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25'. Traditionally used for dye by the Maori people.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to New Zealand.

Family: Pittosporaceae

Additional Common Names

SEASIDE PITTOSPORUM, STIFFLEAF CHEESEWOOD

Tree Characteristics

Compact and Erect with a Low Canopy.

Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 15 - 30 feet.

Width: 6 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Obovate to Elliptic, Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Maroon. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Prolific, Mostly Green Capsule, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Light Gray, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 9, 14 - 17 and 19 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Moderate Inland and Good on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids and Scales, Sooty Mold.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Favorable.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pittosporum crassifolium Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/pittosporum-crassifolium >

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