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JAPANESE CHEESEWOOD
Pittosporum tobira

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Photo Locations: UC Davis Arboretum - Davis, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, Alameda Plazas and Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Fairly drought resistant. Takes shearing.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Japan.

A Pittosporum tobira in Orange is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 50 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 143 inches and a crown spread of 59 feet.

Family: Pittosporaceae

Additional Common Names

JAPANESE CHEESEWOOD, JAPANESE PITTOSPORUM

Tree Characteristics

Compact and Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 - 25 feet.

Width: 5 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Obovate, Glossy Gray Green, Dark Green or White, No Change, Evergreen.

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

Prolific, Brown or Mostly Green Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Light Green or Light Gray, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 8 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids and Scales, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Sooty Mold.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered Low.

Fire Resistance is Favorable.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pittosporum tobira Tree Record." 1995-2019. Aug 23, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/pittosporum-tobira >

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