Share this entry
pittosporum Line breaks: pitto|sporum
Pronunciation: /ˌpɪtəˈspɔːrəm/

Definition of pittosporum in English:


An evergreen shrub or small tree that typically has small fragrant flowers and is chiefly native to Australasia.
  • Genus Pittosporum, family Pittosporaceae
Example sentences
  • Fortunately for me (but not for the tree) the pittosporum would have drastically slowed the car as it ploughed through my front courtyard.
  • Hebes, cistus, cordyline, pittosporum and many others will all add decoration and provide a shelterbelt behind which more delicate plants can grow.
  • She also has pots of Verbena bonariensis, broom, pittosporum, lavender, a vine and an olive tree which actually fruits.


Modern Latin, from Greek pitta 'pitch' (because of the resinous pulp around the seeds) + sporos 'seed'.

Words that rhyme with pittosporum

labarum • marjoram
Definition of pittosporum in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources