Pittosporum tenuifolium. KOHUHU. New Zealand
PITTOSPORACEAE (Pittosporum family)

This small tree is most often clipped as a hedge, but a specimen in tree form is on the north side of Bechtel International Center. Perhaps the nicest plant ing is the perimeter hedge in Branner Hall’s front entry.

The thin, glossy 1- to 2-inch leaves have wavy edges. New growth is borne on shiny dark twigs, and the spring flowers are unusual in being almost black.

Illus.: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

Illustrations (links open new windows): fruit & leaves

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Name derivation, genus | species Greek pitta (pitch) and spora (seed), referring to the sticky seed coating | with thin leaves

Related material: Key for campus Pittosporum

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