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Common name: Tarata, Lemonwood Botanical name: Pittosporum eugenioides
Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporum family) Maximum height: 12 metres high with a trunk up to 60 cm through. New Zealand's largest pittosporum.
Where found:
  • Sea level to 600m
  • Well-drained/fertile sites. Tolerates a variety of sites providing it is well drained.
  • Mature forest/regenerating forest/forest margins and along stream banks
  • As a young tree tarata is a compact, yellow-green-leaved pyramidal tree. It later forms a rounded crown and more open, stoutly branched, mature tree.
  • Leaves have undulating margins and are 10-15 cm long by 2-4 cm wide with slender petioles up to 2 cm long.
  • Separate sexed trees (dioecious)
  • Sweet scented honey-like flowers. Starry, cream-coloured flowers in late spring.
  • Smooth brown bark when young then rougher greyish bark for adult.
  • Bird food.
  • Tolerant of frost/wind/salt - Does not tolerate severe drought or waterlogging. Possum hardy. Excellent hedging plant or nurse tree.
    Environmental Tolerances - key


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PHOTO: Barry Hartley

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Male flowers
PHOTO: Barry Hartley





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