Scientific name - Pittosporum tobira
Popular names - English: tobira, mock orange, Australian Laurel, Japan: Tober, tobira.
Distribution and Habitat - originating in China and Japan.
Description - shrub 4 m high, dense crown. Bark brown, rough. Leaves persistent, coriacee, simple, language spatulate, entire edge, top round, the obovata, central rib obvious, and glossy dark green upper side, more open bottom, glabra, arranged in vertical false. Umbela blossom. Flowers hermaphrodite, scented (like orange flowers); Corola 5 free petals, 2.5 cm diameter. Fruit capsule flashy, triangular, subsferica, 1-2 cm diameter, green. Seeds covered by a mucilaginous layer red-orange.
Growth rate - fast.
Propagation - by semi-lignificati seedlings.
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Curiosity - Pittosporum tobira was introwent to England in 1804, in Canton, China, by William Kerr, botanical collector for Kew Garden.
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Trees and shrubs
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Hydrangea - Hortensia
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