Pittosporum undulatum Vent.

Australian Cheesewood, Engraver-wood, Mock Orange, Sweet Pittosporum, Wave-leaf Pittosporum, White Holly, Orange-berry Pittosporum, Victorian-box

Family: Pittosporaceae

Genus: Pittosporum

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: Hardy to 18F

Size: To 40' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Shade


Usually kept lower, as a hedge plant. Dark green leaves with wavy margins. Fragrant white flowers in spring followed by small orange berries which attract birds.

From Bot. Reg. It is desirable on account of the great fragrance of the bloom, which is compared by some to that of Jasmine; to us it appears far stronger, but not so grateful... A thick strongly aromatic liquid exudes from the pores in the rind, congeals into a thin resinous coat, and at last breaks down into a whitish powder. Dr. Solander has compounded the generic name of two greek words, importing that the seed is covered with pitch or resin. The present is a hardy greenhouse plant, and flowers from March to May...


Introduced in 1789.

Native to Australia.

First published in Descr. Pl. Nouv. 76 in 1802.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 16 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. This shrub was introduced by Sir Joseph Banks from New Holland in 1789.


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