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TARATA PITTOSPORUM
Pittosporum tenuifolium

Pittosporum tenuifolium Pittosporum tenuifolium Pittosporum tenuifolium Pittosporum tenuifolium Pittosporum tenuifolium Pittosporum tenuifolium Pittosporum tenuifolium

Photo Locations: San Diego Botanic Garden - Encinitas, CA

General Notes

Fairly drought resistant. Tolerates smog and saline soils. Takes shearing. Dark green leaves against striking black stems make this an attractive landscape tree.

Has fragrant Leaf.

Native to New Zealand.

Family: Pittosporaceae

Additional Common Names

TARATA PITTOSPORUM, TAWHIWHI, KOHUHU

Tree Characteristics

Compact and Erect with a Low Canopy.

Conical, Oval 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 Oblong to Obovate, Glossy Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

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

Mostly Green Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.

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 on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids and Scales, Anthracnose and Sooty Mold.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Hedged or Topiary.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pittosporum tenuifolium Tree Record." 1995-2019. Jun 26, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/pittosporum-tenuifolium >

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