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Tarata

Pittosporum eugenioides

Also known as

Lemonwood

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

5m

5m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Leaves of the Pittosporum eugenioides (Lemonwood, Tarata) tree, endemic to New Zealand.
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Tarata Overview

Pittosporum eugenioides is an evergreen tree, native to New Zealand. A conical shape when young, it becomes more rounded as it matures. Its long, leathery, ovate leaves are mottled yellow-green, with curly edges, and it has a strong lemony smell when crushed. Its fragrant, star-shaped, yellow-cream flowers which form in clusters, appear in spring, are followed by black seed capsules. Also known as Lemonwood or Tarata, Pittosporum eugenioides likes a sunny or part shaded position, well-drained soil, and it doesn't mind moderately windy conditions as long as it's not too cold. It likes regular watering in summer and feeding in both spring and summer. In its natural habitat - often forest clearings and margins - Pittosporum eugenioides can be found regenerating areas of forest, where it establishes a quick canopy. Traditionally, Maori used the Lemonwood to make hair oils and perfume In domestic situations, Pittosporum eugenioides can be used for screening or hedging and is good near water features as it has minimal leaf drop.

Common problems with Tarata

How to propagate Tarata

Cuttings

Seed

You can propagate from seeds in the autumn or spring.

Special features of Tarata

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Other uses of Tarata

Grown for their ornamental foliage and flowers with fragrance. Suitable for coastal conditions.