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Pittosporum Eugenioides or Lemonwood belongs to the species of New Zealand native tree.




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Pittosporum Eugenioides which is also known as lemonwood or tarata, belongs to the species of New Zealand native tree.

Overview of Pittosporum Eugenioides or Lemonwood

• This tree can grow up to a height of 12 m (39 ft).
• These trees grow to about 5 m (16 ft) broad.
• It is conical when young.
• It is more rounded in shape upon maturing.
• The leaves have a strong lemony smell.
• The flowers of this tree are attractive and showy.
• They flower in October.
• These flowers are followed by distinctive black seed capsules.
• It is found throughout New Zealand.
• They are commonly found along forest margins and on stream banks.
• They are found at an elevation from sea level to 600 m (1,969 ft).
• It is New Zealand’s largest pittosporum.
• The binomial qualifier eugenioides means “resembling Eugenia”.
• This is a different genus of plants.
• The variegated cultivar ‘Variegatum’ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
• Maori traditionally used the gum of this tree.
• The tree is known for a unique scent from its crushed leaves.
• Even the flowers of the tarata emit a scent.
• Lemonwood (Pittosporum eugenioides) is a regenerating scrub.
• It can be differentiated from other plants by its glossy yellow-green leaves.
• The unique scent is similar to a strong lemon scent.
• Sweet-smelling yellow flowers appear in spring.
• The small green capsules that take about a year to ripen.

Scientific classification for Pittosporum Eugenioides or Lemonwood

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Asterids
• Order : Apiales
• Family : Pittosporaceae
• Genus : Pittosporum
• Species : P. eugenioides
• Binomial name : Pittosporum eugenioides

Growing/Caring conditions

• This plant likes light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.
• It prefers well-drained soil.
• It cannot grow in the shade.
• The soil pH should be acidic that is less than 6.8.
• It likes dry soils to moderate moisture.
• The soil can be rocky or sandy.
• The plant is propagated by seed.
• Sow the seed in fall or spring.
• Stratify the seeds for ten weeks at 40 degrees.
• Plant the seedlings.
• Space the plants to 18 to 24 inches.
• The hairs of the plants can spread through winds.
• This plant requires Full sun to partial shade.
• It likes dry soils to moderate moisture.
• The soil can be rocky or sandy.
• The soil pH should be acidic that is less than 6.8.
• These trees are resistant to insects and disease.
• Treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
• Avoid insect or disease problems occur.
• Choose a different spot each year to avoid the risk of Wilt disease.
• Avoid over-watering the plant as this can cause rotting of the plant.
• Be careful of the spread of hairs around, as some can be allergenic to it.





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