Pittosporum plants from New Zealand

Here is a small selection of the Pittosporum tree and shrub images on file. Please contact me if you cannot find below the exact Pittosporum picture for your project. The following Pittosporum plants are all New Zealand natives or native cultivar varieties.

New Zealand Pittosporum plants are often tough and adaptable, tolerating a wide range of situations and soils. Fast growing Pittosporum trees are often planted as shelter or hedging, especially Pittosporum tenuifolium varieties which come in many different foliage forms and colours. Another widely planted garden tree is Pittosporum eugenioides (lemonwood tree) which makes a fine specimen plant or shelter hedge. Possibly the toughest is Pittosporum crassifolium (karo).

Foliage fans will always find a Pittosporum to please whether you like the two-tone leaves of variegated Pittosporums, fast growing tree Pittosporums or more compact dwarf Pittosporum varieties. The flowers often smell great too!


Pittosporum eugenioides

Lemonwood tree, tarata. Often misspelt Pittosporum eugenoides. A fast-growing small tree growing 6-8m tall. Whilst young a Lemonwood tree has a conical shape that broadens and spreads with age. Many small fragrant yellow flowers in Spring and summer.

Pittosporum eugenioides ‘Variegatum’
Variegated Lemonwood – is slightly less vigorous with pale green leaves variegated white.

Pittosporum crassifolium

Karo. A very tough Pittosporum shrub or small tree often used as coastal shelter. The leathery leaves are white and felted beneath. Dark red flowers in spring and summer are richly scented. Grows 3 to 6m tall.



Pittosporum tenuifolium

Another fast-growing Pittosporum found throughout New Zealand forming colonies of small trees in a wide range of conditions. An adaptable garden plant for shelter or hedging. Kohuhu will regenerate from hard pruning and maintains a more compact form when clipped.

Pittosporum tenuifolium cultivars (kohuhu)

Many worthy garden varieties have arisen from the kohuhu plant. As foliage plants Pittosporum tenuifolium varieties are extremely variable in colour, form and leaf variegation. Habits range from compact dwarf Pittosporum to large shrubs and tree Pittosporum.

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Deborah’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Elizabeth’
Irene Paterson
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Irene Paterson’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Katie’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Limelight’
Little Squirt
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Little Squirt’
Marjorie Channon
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Marjorie Channon’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Midget’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Pixie’
Silver Magic
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Magic’
Silver Sheen
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Sheen’
Stirling Gold
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Stirling Gold’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Sumo’
Tandarra Gold
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tandarra Gold’
Tom Thumb
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Wai-iti’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Waimea’
White Cloud
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘White Cloud’

Pittosporum ralphii
P. ralphii ‘Variegatum’

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tandarra Gold’

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Mountain Green’

Pittosporum trees offer an almost infinitely variable array of foliage forms. They are equally versatile as landscaping plants for shelter and hedging. View more New Zealand plant species & garden cultivars in the links below…