Pittosporum phillyraeoides Willow pittosporum
Small evergreen tree with weeping form and fine texture
The willow pittosporum is an odd sort of pittosporum, different from, and rarer than, the more familiar pittosporums: Victorian box, Queensland pittosporum, P. tobira , P. crassifolium . The word pittosporum means "sticky seeds," which happen to be one of the genus' characteristics: conspicuous yellow-orange berries.
What makes Pittosporum phillyraeoides different is that it looks more like a weeping willow tree than it does a pittosporum. The great advantage of the willow pittosporum is that the graceful weeping willow look can be achieved with a tree that does not need much water, unlike willows, which are notorious for their thirstiness.
At the Huntington Botanical Gardens, a beautiful willow pittosporum springs up almost fountain-like over a hedge that runs along a road. Three-inch-long, narrow, pointed, olive-green leaves twist from the long weeping branches, creating an overall lacy effect.