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Pittosporum viridiflorum

Common names: Cheesewood (E); umFasamvu (Z); Kassur (A); umKhwenkwe (X);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree

Pittosporum viridiflorum

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

FRAGRANT

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

7m x 6m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Pittosporum viridiflorum

DESCRIPTION

A wonderfully attractive tree with a neat appearance. It has glossy dark-green foliage, an attractive dark grey bark with horizontal markings. It bears clusters of small sweetly scented cream-green flowers which are followed by masses of yellow to brown capsules that split open to expose bright-red, sticky seeds.

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The fruit attracts doves, barbets, starlings and francolins. Bees and butterflies visit the flowers.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
A neat and well shaped tree with glossy, dark-green foliage. The bark is smooth and dark-grey. Clusters of sweetly-scented creamish-green flowers are followed by masses of small yellow fruit.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Forest, Formal, Rockery, Woodland
FOLIAGE
FRUIT
SEED
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests.

6 Responses

  1. Hi Lisa

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    You’re very lucky to have Cape dwarf cameleons. I’d recommend doing nothing to your tree as it may be serving as a host plant to an insect, hence the curled leaves. We’ve seen Nuxia floribunda with a similar condition but it doesn’t seem to affect the growth.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hello Plantbook
    My pittisporum viridiflorum has curled/damaged leaves (very similar to what happens with nuxia floribunda). What is causing it, should I be worried and how do I treat it? I would need a natural remedy that would not harm my Cape dwarf chameleons.

    Thank you
    Lisa

  3. Hi Maureen

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Pittosporum viridiflorum is a lovely tree and should be planted at least 4m from any structure to avoid later damage. Should you go ahead with this tree, there are several indigenous groundcovers you can consider planting around it:-
    – Agapanthus sp.
    – Crassula multicava (Fairy crassula)
    – Chlorophytum saundersiae (Weeping anthericum)
    – Chlorophytum comosum (Hen-and-chickens)

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. hI

    Please tell me how and with what to plant a Cheesewood tree . I live in a retirement village and have space for a tree. Thank you.

    Maureen

  5. Hi Denis

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    To get your desired effect, you could plant Pittosporum viridiflorum 4m apart and allow a space of no less than 3m from your boundary wall.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  6. Good day plantbook.

    I would like to know how far you should plant these apart if you want complete screaning 5 to 7m high, and how close can you plant it to a boundry wall?

    Thanks so much
    Denis

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