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Cheesewood

Pittosporum viridiflorum

Also known as

White Cape Beech, Cape Pittosporum

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

6m

5m

Min

3m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Pittosporum viridiflorum
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Cheesewood Overview

Cheesewood is a wonderful shade tree with its non-aggressive root system that is suitable for small/town house gardens. It is evergreen and makes a perfect hedge plant reducing wind damage. They do well in large pots. Cheesewood is a protected tree in South Africa, and was selected as one of the Trees of the Year in 2002.

Common problems with Cheesewood

Problem free

    How to harvest Cheesewood

    Not usually harvested.

    How to propagate Cheesewood

    Seed

    Sow seeds in trays in a mixture of river sand and compost; cover lightly with compost and keep moist. Seeds should germinate in 8-12 weeks.

    Cuttings

    Propagated by means of softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings. This plant transplants easily.

    Special features of Cheesewood

    Drought resistant

    Drought tolerance.

    Attracts birds

    Yellow-green capsules attract the birds such as red-eyed dove.

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts bees, butterflies and other insects.

    Hedge plant

    Suitable to be planted nearby each other so branches can intertwine to create a barrier. Used to hide walls and create privacy. Planted in rows to reduce wind damage.

    Pot plant

    Makes a good container plant.

    Attractive flowers

    Wind break

    Other uses of Cheesewood

    Medicinal

    Infusions of the bitter stem bark (liquorice smell) is to treat stomach complaints, ease abdominal pain, fever and to calm the patient. Dried, powdered root/bark is added to beer as an aphrodisiac.

    Other uses

    Medicinal

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