Sweet Pittosporum


General description

Shrub or small tree. Leaves are < 15 x 5 cm, elliptic and undulate. Flowers are white and fragrant. Fruit is orange, two-valved and < 1.5 cm in diameter.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell sweet pittosporum. As sweet pittosporum is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant sweet pittosporum within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any sweet pittosporum on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.
If you see sweet pittosporum anywhere on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group, please report it to Auckland Council at href="mailto:pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz">pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Pasture, roadsides, coastal bluffs and cliffs, open scrubland, forest.

Seeds dispersed by birds.

Reduces native plant species richness and cover. Potential to impact genetic diversity of native Pittosporum spp. through hybridisation.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Do not attempt to undertake control of this species on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group. Please report to Auckland Council if seen on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group.

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of seedlings with glyphosate gel
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 250ml glyphosate green per 1L of water. Cut stems will resprout.

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMP status

National Pest Plant Accord Species
Aotea (Exclusion)
Whole region (Sustained Control)
Sweet pittosporum - Main species image