University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira)

A freely branching, small evergreen shrub or small tree. The obovate leaves are spirally arranged, simple and entire. They are glossy green with revolute margins and leathery texture, clustering at end of branches. The many flowered umbels are fragrant with lemon yellow flowers with 5 petals to 1/2 inch long. The fruit is a capsule opening to reveal the seeds which are covered with a red fleshy skin.