Sweet Pittosporum

Also known as:
Victorian Box, Australian Cheesewood
S.E. Australia

General description

Slender-branched shrub or tree to 12 m tall. Smooth grey bark. Leaves shiny and pointed at both ends, with wavy prominent margins, alternate and crowded at the ends (6-15 cm x 1.5-4 cm). Fragrant white flowers, five petals which bend abruptly downwards at the ends. Globe shaped orange-tan fruit 1cm in size.

Forest areas, colonising moist areas, such as gullies, and areas of disturbed soil

Birds, gravity, fallen branches have been known to resprout.

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.

Site management

Recommended approaches

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
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