SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: San Diego Botanic Garden - Encinitas, CA
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.
Additional Common Names
TARATA PITTOSPORUM, TAWHIWHI, KOHUHU
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.
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.
Special Uses & Values
Hedged or Topiary.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pittosporum tenuifolium Tree Record." 1995-2019. Jan 15, 2019.
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SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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