Pittosporum tobira
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Pittosporum tobira

Japanese cheesewood
Japanese pittosporum
mock orange

  family pittosporaceae 
  genus pittosporum 

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Genus  Pittosporum Species  tobira Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Japanese cheesewood   Japanese pittosporum   mock orange Family  PITTOSPORACEAE Specimen number  S11352 Data source  HtZn p155;Frgnt p213;Xeri p306
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  2' - 10" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 08a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Among other uses, this plant is suitable for use in areas with seaside conditions. The flowers of Pittosporum tobira have a mildly fruity aroma. Japanese pittosporum (also known as mock orange and Japanese cheesewood) can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 10� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. It usually does best in dry soils. This species can survive short periods of drought. This plant tolerates windy and salty seaside conditions.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  yes Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses  Seaside conditions Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  orange blossom scented Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Fruity Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Pittosporum tobira most likely originates from Japan.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Pittosporum tobira is a woody perennial. Japanese pittosporum (locally known in some parts as mock orange and Japanese cheesewood) is evergreen. Leaves: This plant has leaves borne at the ends of stems arranged in rosettes. Most often the flowers occur in either cream or white.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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