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 Wood-and-glass doors from the ’50s open onto the long roof, which is planted with small cherry trees, clematis and flowering shrubs including nandina and pittosporum. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 For a recap of the freeze damage, Texas lost large numbers of pittosporum, loropetalum, ligustrum, loquat, Chinese tallow and Arizona ash. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 21 June 2021 That’s the Victorian box tree, pittosporum, popularized a hundred years ago. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Most major trees around North Texas made it through the cold snap fairly well (with some exceptions), but many shrubs are toast — Indian hawthorn, pittosporum, Japanese and wax ligustrum, Chinese fringe flower and agaves are pretty much wiped out. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 29 Mar. 2021 Badly burned plants like pittosporum, nandina, loropetalum, and both Japanese and wax ligustrum can be stripped of dead leaves or tip-pruned in order to look better. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 1 Mar. 2021 Some plants such as Mexican olive, viburnum, pittosporum and Mexican honeysuckle that are normally evergreen and usually tolerant of cold weather have defoliated in the freeze. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Feb. 2021 During that extended freeze, Texas lost massive numbers of pittosporum, ligustrum, loquat and even hollies and live oaks in some places. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 15 Feb. 2021 Other shrubs that appear on my neighborhood’s deer-proof list are pomegranate, pittosporum and dwarf and standard yaupon holly. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 7 May 2020

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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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“Pittosporum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pittosporum. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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