Pittosporum rhombifolium
pih-toe-SPOR-um rom-bih-FOE-lee-um

Queensland Pittosporum,
Diamond Leaf Pittosporum

Pittosporaceae (pittosporum family)
Origin: Australia (New South Wales and Queensland)

©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services

Species characteristics:
Form - Evergreen. Slow growing to 15 - 35' and 10 - 20' in spread. Round topped crown with moderate to dense foliage.

Trunk - Smooth whitish gray bark with small platelets.

Foliage - Leaves medium to dark green, shiny on upper surface, diamond shaped, with margins toothed toward tips. Leaves 3 - 4" long am 1 - 2" wide.

Flowers/fruit - Small, white flowers in terminal clusters, from late spring to early summer. Clusters of capsules open to reveal berry-like, 1/4 - 1/2" wide fruits, bright yellow orange and glossy. They drop throughout autumn and winter.

Significant pest problems are scale, aphids, and their resultant condition of sooty mold.

Site suitability:
Sunset zones - 12 - 24.

Clearances - Suitable for 2 -3' parkways or 3 x 3' cutouts.

Good for streetsides, medians, parks, lawns and accents.

Culture considerations:
Broad moisture range, tolerating moderate irrigation in well drained soil, better : with deep infrequent irrigation in all soils types. Fruit litter problems.