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Products > Pittosporum undulatum
Pittosporum undulatum - Victorian Box

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporums)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 25-40 feet
Width: 30-40 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Pittosporum undulatum (Victorian Box) - A large shrub or medium sized tree that can reach to 30-40 feet tall or more with a pyramidal shape but is most often seen maintained as a much lower screen or hedge plant. Attractive dark green leaves have very wavy margins and the fragrant cream-white flowers bloom in profusion in the early spring. Following bloom, small orange berries are produced, which can be a nuisance but also attract birds. Plant in sun or part shade and give deep and infrequent watering older plants are quite drought tolerant. Established plants hardy to at least 18 F. This is an extremely useful plant as a large attractive hedge and windbreak. We have been told that warblers and mockingbirds are attracted to the fruit and Anna's Hummingbirds to the nectar of the flowers. We have some of the largest trees in Santa Barbara in our nursery back parking lot (over 50 feet tall) - if you haven't seen this common hedge plant as a large tree take a look at these big specimens even some Australians have been amazed! This plant, native to subtropical rainforests and an understory plant in Eucalyptus forests in New South Wales Australia, is considered by some to be invasive into riparian habitats in California and those that have it in their gardens know it does occasionally reseed in gardens. For its 2006 weed list, the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) evaluated Pittosporum undulatum but did not list it as a weed; it is listed as an invasive plant in the state of Hawaii. The name Pittosporum is from Greek words 'pitta' meaning "pitch" and 'sporum' meaning "seed" in reference to the resinous coating on the seeds and the specific epithet is from the Latin word 'unda' meaning a "wave" or "surge" in reference to the characteristic wavy (undulating) margins of the leaves. Other common names for this plant are Australian Cheesewood, Victorian Laurel, Mock Orange (usually used for P. tobira) and Sweet Pittosporum.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Pittosporum undulatum.