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Pittosporum undulatum - Vent.

Common Name Cheesewood, Australian cheesewood, Cheesewood, Pittosporum, Orange Berry Pittosporum, Victorian Box
Family Pittosporaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards This plant contains saponins[152, 154]. 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. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K].
Habitats Sheltered situations and rainforests[167, 265].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Victoria.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Pittosporum undulatum Cheesewood, Australian cheesewood, Cheesewood, Pittosporum,  Orange Berry Pittosporum, Victorian Box


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Pittosporum undulatum Cheesewood, Australian cheesewood, Cheesewood, Pittosporum,  Orange Berry Pittosporum, Victorian Box
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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Oval, Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Pittosporum undulatum is an evergreen Tree growing to 12 m (39ft) by 8 m (26ft) at a fast rate.It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Lepidoptera. 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. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Hedge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Hedge;  Hedge;  Wood.

Can be grown as a windbreak hedge in the mildest areas of the country, resisting maritime exposure[167]. Wood. Used in the manufacture of golf clubs[200].

Cultivation details

Experimental Crop;  Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon;  Management: Standard.

Landscape Uses:Container, Screen, Specimen. Succeeds in most well-drained soils of reasonably good quality in full sun or light shade[1, 200]. Succeeds in dry soils. Tolerates maritime exposure[1]. This species is only hardy outdoors in the mildest areas of Britain[182], tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[260]. Very amenable to pruning, plants can be cut right back into old wood if required[200]. 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. The flowers are powerfully scented at night and are pollinated by night-flying moths[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.

Propagation

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].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

Tom Goodland, University of Wales, Bangor, UK; [email protected]    Tue Mar 7 2006

Pittosporum undulatum is a very serious weed tree in at least a dozen countries round the world, in subtropical and tropical montane forests and woodlands. Unless the UK gets a lot milder i don't think it poses a problem here, but its use in warmer climates should be very carefully thought about.

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