Pittosporum originates from Greek meaning resin-seed and referring to the stickiness of the seeds.
Orange thorn tends to be a scruffy little bush in the wild, but as a garden plant it could probably be tided up with pruning to produce an even more dense, bird-sheltering bush. It does best in sites where it gets some shade. The small berry-sized, orange fruit is edible and ripe from May – July with a crunchy texture and mild, slightly sweet flavor, and were eaten by Aborigines.
Orange Thorns are reputed to be fairly slow growing, and after three years or so, should achieve a respectable height of about a metre and start to flower and fruit.
The dense foliage provides a habitat for small birds and animals and attracts small birds to the garden as the spines offer protection from larger birds. The berries are eaten by the Wonga Pigeon and the plant provides food for the Bright Copper butterfly.
As one of the few shrubs that will grow in heavy shade (as well as part shade and full sun), they are a very useful component in local native gardens.
Form: Shrub to 2 Metres High
Aspect: Full Sun / Semi-Shade
Soil/Conditions: Moist / Well-Drained
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available