Pittosporum eugenioides - A.Cunn.
Common Name Tarata
Family Pittosporaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards Although no mention has been found for this species, some members of this genus contain saponins. Saponins are found in many foods, such as some beans, and although they are fairly toxic to people they are poorly absorbed by the body and most pass straight through without any problem. They are also broken down if the food is thoroughly cooked for a long time.
Habitats Lowland and montane forests, North and South Islands[44, 173].
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Pittosporum eugenioides Tarata

Pittosporum eugenioides Tarata
Physical Characteristics
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Pittosporum eugenioides is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 5 m (16ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.


Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Gum;  Gum.

A resin obtained by incision or bruising the bark is used as a chewing gum[173].
Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses
Gum;  Gum;  Hair;  Pot-pourri;  Resin.

The resin is also used as a hair oil, in pot pourri and to treat halitosis[173].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any well-drained soil[182, 200], including dry soils, preferably in a sunny position[182] but also succeeding in light shade[200]. Not very hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[200]. Plants succeed outdoors in Cornwall, though they need greenhouse protection in other parts of the country[1]. Very amenable to pruning, plants can be cut right back into old wood if required[200]. There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value[182]. 'Variegatum' is hardier than the type[219]. The species in this genus are very likely to hybridize with other members of the genus[200]. When growing a species from seed it is important to ensure that the seed either comes from a known wild source, or from isolated specimens in cultivation. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Seed - sow when ripe in the autumn or in late winter in a warm greenhouse[78, 200]. The seed usually germinates freely. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, move the plants to a cold frame as soon as they are established and plant out late in the following spring[78]. Consider giving them some protection from the cold during their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 7cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Poor to fair percentage[78]. Basal ripewood cuttings late autumn in a cold frame[200].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Cameron Stuart   Sun May 23 03:02:38 2004
I found this information to be very useful, my wife and I are growing Tarata?s along the side of our front garden (Victoria, Australia). Initially we purchased the seedlings from a nursery. But now, thanks to your database we have the information required to strike our own cuttings and grow Tarata?s around the entire perimeter of the property.
Jill Chatterton   Tue Feb 28 2006
Want a picture of overall shape of mature tree
rajwinder singh   Thu Apr 5 2007
what is the species of cordyline australis what is the variety of hebe parviflora var.arborea what is the cultivator of hebe x franciscana 'blue gem ' what is the synonym of brachyglottis greyii syn . senecio greyii
Murray Broadbent   Mon May 5 2008
Just wondering if these are ok as a shelter belt where livestock (cattle) are grazing ?
   Jun 25 2014 12:00AM
The leaves of this plant contain saponins ("saponin Pittosporum" (I assume that's a specific type of saponin) Ref: Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand Vol 1 No 7 May 31 1963. So as an experiment I put some in a blender with water, it did produce bubbles/lather. I tried washing my hair in it after put it through a strainer to get rid of the leaf fragments, everyone said it looked like I hadn't washed my hair in months. My first experiment in producing shampoo, perhaps it has potential & I did something wrong. The leaves have a very nice smell. David Nicholls
   May 10 2017 12:00AM
I was under the impression that tarata had separate male and female flowers. There are multiple images of female and male flowers, with the male having clearly visible stamen and female lacking these.
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