Previous species
Previous Species

Next Species
Next Species

Home Page

Order CD-ROMs from the site

Tell a Friend

Gardening Books

Gardening Catalogs

 

Cape Pittosporum, Cheesewood
Scientific Name: Pittosporum viridiflorum Sims
Synonym:
Family: Pittosporaceae
Cape Pittosporum, Cheesewood (Pittosporum  viridiflorum)
Photo credit: USGS-BRD
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 15-17,20-24
USDA: 9b-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun to half shade

Origin: Eastern half of South Africa, north to Arabia

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub or tree 15 to 80 feet high (4.5-24 m); grey bark with white dots; dark green glossy leaves, 2.4 to 6 inches long (6-15 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Propagation: Easy by seeds (no treatment needed), cuttings


Very invasive in tropical countries.

Blooming Habits:
Small, greenish white, pleasantly fragrant flowers, 0.25 inch in diameter (6 mm), in early summerm in terminal clusters in spring and early summer.

Fruiting Habits:
Small, brownish yellow seed capsules, 0.25 inch in diameter (6 mm), containing sticky shiny orange seeds.


Sponsors:

www.springhillnursery.com Michigan Bulb - 120 x 60 Lawns Banner! Gurney's 120 x 60 A

We do get a small commission out of these sponsors that helps financing the website.  Let us know if you are satisfied or dissatisfied of their services, since obviously we are trying to advertise only for reputable garden supply companies.  They might be helpful to get plants not generally available at the local garden center, getting a new and unusual gardening tool or get a discount Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription.

 

Desert Tropicals Home Page | List of All the Plants | More in the Pittosporaceae family | Tell your friends about this page

Desert-Tropicals is dedicated to provide gardening advice, gardening ideas, and information about flower of all kind for landscape and collections. We try to check carefully the identification of the plants on the illustrations as well as the other information from the page, but occasionally errors do occur. if you notice anything that needs to be changed please contact us. Thanks.

1998-2005 Philippe Faucon, All Rights Reserved.