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Pittosporum angustifolium - Weeping Pittosporum

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporums)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [P. phillyraeoides, Hort., P. phyllraeoides]
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Pittosporum angustifolium (Weeping Pittosporum) - A slow growing evergreen tree to about 20 to 25' tall by 15 feet wide with pendulous branches and long, narrow gray-green leaves that hang straight down. It has bark that is gray-white or mottled in youth and distinctively white with maturity. In late winter appear the sweetly fragrant small bell-shaped cream to yellow colored flowers that are followed by hard orange fruit that splits open to reveal dark red sticky seeds in the spring. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and give occasional deep irrigation until established and only occasionally is water required after this. Hardy to around 20° F though new young plants may tipburn. This tree tolerates drought and moderate frost and alkalinity but not heavy or water logged soils. It has proven to be a great garden plant because its upright habit is useful in narrow confines and because of its adaptability and drought tolerance in Southern California and the Southwest desert climates. It makes a nice small upright open tree and, although we have never seen it done, Rodger Elliot and David Jones write in the “Encyclopaedia Australian Plants” that it can be clipped into a hedge. Pittosporum angustifolium comes from a wide area of Australia that ranges from the arid and semi-arid interior of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territories. It has long been called Pittosporum phillyraeoides in the nursery trade but unfortunately Pittosporum phillyraeoides is a valid name for a species that has rarely, if ever, been cultivated in the US or Australia and comes from a restricted range along the coast of western Australia from Kalibarri and North West Cape. Other common names include Butter Bush, Cattle Bush, Willow Pittosporum, Native Willow or Cumby Cumby and Native Apricot. The name Native Apricot is in reference to the appearance of the fruit only, as the fruit of this plant is described as not edible and bitter; likely it contains saponins like many of the other members of the genus.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Pittosporum angustifolium.