Definition of pittosporum in English:



  • An evergreen shrub or small tree that typically has small fragrant flowers and is chiefly native to Australasia.

    Genus Pittosporum, family Pittosporaceae

    • ‘The long, dark, rough leaves of the clematis contrast well with the yellow and green foliage of the pittosporum, which grows against a warm brick wall in the sun.’
    • ‘Hebes, cistus, cordyline, pittosporum and many others will all add decoration and provide a shelterbelt behind which more delicate plants can grow.’
    • ‘Then the Open Space Department required the retention of a large established pittosporum tree.’
    • ‘She also has pots of Verbena bonariensis, broom, pittosporum, lavender, a vine and an olive tree which actually fruits.’
    • ‘Fortunately for me (but not for the tree) the pittosporum would have drastically slowed the car as it ploughed through my front courtyard.’


Modern Latin, from Greek pitta ‘pitch’ (because of the resinous pulp around the seeds) + sporos ‘seed’.