SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: UC Davis Arboretum - Davis, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, Alameda Plazas and Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Utility friendly tree.
This tree is fairly drought resistant and takes shearing. Pittosporum tobira has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 3.5 (Evaluate).
Has fragrant Flower.
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.
Additional Common Names
JAPANESE CHEESEWOOD, JAPANESE PITTOSPORUM
Compact and Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded or Spreading 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, Dark Green, 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.
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.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pittosporum tobira Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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