Definition of pittosporum in English:


Syllabification: pit·tos·po·rum
Pronunciation: /pəˈtäspərəm, ˌpitəˈspôrəm


An evergreen shrub or small tree that typically has small fragrant flowers and is native chiefly to Australasia.
  • Genus Pittosporum, family Pittosporaceae
More 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'.

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