Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4095

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: Japan & China
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in disturbed maritime forests and maritime forests edges, disturbed hammocks, especially in coastal areas (frequently planted on barrier islands because of its resistance to salt spray, at least persisting and apparently naturalizing), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate, usually clustered at branchlet apex (appearing whorled)
Petioles ~ 2cm long

FLOWER:
Spring
White, turning yellow
5 petals
5 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Apiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Pittosporum tobira   FAMILY Pittosporaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pittosporum tobira   FAMILY Pittosporaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Pittosporum tobira

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Pittosporum, Australian Laurel


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image of Pittosporum tobira

Keith Bradley    kab_p_tobira_0349

April    Lexington County    SC

Petals free, white at first, becoming yellow later, oblanceolate, per Flora of China.