pittosporum

noun
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

Examples of pittosporum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other shrubs that appear on my neighborhood’s deer-proof list are pomegranate, pittosporum and dwarf and standard yaupon holly. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Deer-proof plant suggestions for your San Antonio garden," 7 May 2020 As if to signal the quiet retreat in back, a reflecting pond filled with water lilies beckons from an alcove of boxwood, pittosporum and lomandra. Emily Young, Los Angeles Times, "A Santa Monica backyard is remade for outdoor entertaining," 22 Aug. 2019 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 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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Cite this Entry

“Pittosporum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pittosporum. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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