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Common Name: Tarata
Pittosporum eugenioides is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 10.00 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Although no mention has been found for this species, some members of this genus contain saponins. Saponins are found in many foods, such as some beans, and although they are fairly toxic to people they are poorly absorbed by the body and most pass straight through without any problem. They are also broken down if the food is thoroughly cooked for a long time.
Lowland and montane forests, North and South Islands[
Succeeds in any well-drained soil[
], including dry soils, preferably in a sunny position[
] but also succeeding in light shade[
Not very hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[
]. Plants succeed outdoors in Cornwall, though they need greenhouse protection in other parts of the country[
Very amenable to pruning, plants can be cut right back into old wood if required[
There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value[
]. 'Variegatum' is hardier than the type[
The species in this genus are very likely to hybridize with other members of the genus[
]. When growing a species from seed it is important to ensure that the seed either comes from a known wild source, or from isolated specimens in cultivation.
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
A resin obtained by incision or bruising the bark is used as a chewing gum[
The resin is also used as a hair oil, in pot pourri and to treat halitosis[
Seed - sow when ripe in the autumn or in late winter in a warm greenhouse[
]. The seed usually germinates freely. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, move the plants to a cold frame as soon as they are established and plant out late in the following spring[
]. Consider giving them some protection from the cold during their first winter outdoors.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 7cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Poor to fair percentage[
Basal ripewood cuttings late autumn in a cold frame[