Lemonwood Tree

Pittosporum eugeniodes

Pittosporum eugeniodes (Lemonwood Tree) - full view

Full view

Pittosporum eugeniodes (Lemonwood Tree) - leaves

Foliage detail

Pittosporum eugeniodes (Lemonwood Tree) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 20-40'; Spread: 15-30'

  • Growth:


  • Character:

    Evergreen; round upright crown.

  • Foliage:

    Lance-shaped, 2-4" long leaves.

  • Flower:

    Fragrant yellow flowers in spring.

  • Fruit:

    Green to gold, dehiscent, 1/4" capsules.

  • Bark:

    Warty to smooth, gray.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), loam or sandy soils, some shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    Fruit causes litter. Susceptible to scales and aphids.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to New Zealand. Leaves emit a strong lemon smell when crushed.