Other common names: Victorian box, Australian cheesewood, New Zealand daphne
Sweet pittosporum is a slender-branched shrub or tree which can grow to 12 m tall in its natural habitat. It has smooth grey bark. Its leaves are shiny and pointed at both ends, with wavy prominent margins. They are alternating, although often crowded at the ends, and 6-15 cm long and 1.5-4 cm wide. The plant has fragrant white flowers with five petals which bend abruptly downward at the ends. It also has globe-shaped fruit.
Sweet pittosporum invades native forest areas and shades out native plants. Its leaves contain toxins that can inhibit the growth of other plants. In Australia it is spreading outside its original range and has become a serious problem.
What to do
Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and responsibility for control and/or advice on control.
Page last updated: 12 December 2008