pit·​tos·​po·​rum | \ pə-ˈtä-spə-rəm How to pronounce pittosporum (audio) \

Definition of pittosporum

: any of various Old World shrubs or trees (genus Pittosporum of the family Pittosporaceae) planted especially as ornamentals in warm regions

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For hedges 6- to 10-feet tall, ligustrum, cleyera, camellia, sasanqua, oleander, dwarf Burford holly, gardenia, pittosporum, and Indian azaleas are possible choices. NOLA.com, "How to plant some privacy: 4 tips for growing a hedge," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pittosporum

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pittosporum

New Latin, from Greek pitta, pissa pitch + spora seed — more at pitch, spore

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