Pittosporum crassifolium

Pittosporum crassifolium


[optinlocker]One of many species of Pittosporum growing as evergreen shrubs or small trees, this species is well suited for use in nature strip plantings. A native of the North Island of New Zealand growing particularly well in coastal areas or where there is protection from frost. This species is considered to be one of the more significant scented plants in New Zealand.

This tree was commonly planted in the 1950’s through to the 1970’s in Melbourne and country towns, but far less common today. Characterised by new foliage that appears whitish in colour. The flowers are highly fragrant and an attractive dark red. On first examination it strongly resembles Metrosideros spp. in both foliage and habit but without the eventual size.[/optinlocker]

Typical mature height: 5-9m

Useful in: nature strips or hedging screen

Sites for best growth: many site conditions suitable, non-water logged soils.


Salmon, J T 1980. The Native Trees of New Zealand. Reed Books, Auckland, New Zealand.