Pittosporum tobira Aiton

Japanese Pittosporum

Erect shrub to 5 m tall. Leaves thick and leathery, obovate, 3-10 cm long, hairless below, margins turned under, tapering gradually to the base, dark glossy green above. Flowers on a wide receptacle in clusters at branch ends; yellow, sweetly scented; summer. Fruits are thick-walled, mainly 2- and 3-valved, containing numerous redbrown seeds.

China, Korea, Japan.

Differs from the Australian species in that the female flowers do not have a receptacle disk, and that the filaments (in male flowers) are briefly united or joined to the floral tube. The anthers are also at 3 different heights and are slightly flared in the middle.

VIC: St Kilda (Alma Park).

Source: Cayzer, L. (2002). Pittosporaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Pittosporum tobira 'Miss Muffet'

Small shrub about 1m tall, 2 m wide. Leaves as for p. tobira but about 6-7 cm long.

Pittosporum tobira 'Variegatum'

Leaf margins irregularly white-variegated.

Pittosporum tobira 'Wheeler'

S dwarf' Compact and slow growing.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Pittosporaceae
genus        Pittosporum Soland.