Victorian Box

Pittosporum undulatum

Pittosporum undalatum (Victorian Box) - full shot

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Pittosporum undalatum (Victorian Box) - flower

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    Height: 25-40'; Spread: up to 40'

  • Growth:

    Moderate to fast

  • Character:

    Evergreen; round form; moderate canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, glossy, wavy-edged, narrow leaves, 3-6" long.

  • Flower:

    Creamy white flowers in 3" clusters bloom in cycles throughout the year.

  • Fruit:

    Orange berries, 1/2" across, form in fall and drop in winter.

  • Bark:

    Smooth, gray bark.

  • 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. Do not prune central leader. Requires sidewalk clean-up during flower and fruit drop.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), sandy or clay soil, gusty or cold winds, fog, smog. Sun or shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers sun, warmth, and good drainage. Develops significant roots with age. 4x4' basins recommended. Flowers and berries can cause stickiness on paving. Subject to poor rooting.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Valued for their foliage and form when allowed to branch naturally. Flowers are very fragrant, like orange blossoms, most noticeable in the evenings. Attracts birds and bees.