Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Tarata – lemonwood

Tarata – lemonwood

Lemonwood (Pittosporum eugenioides) is an attractive tree, commonly found in forest and regenerating scrub. It is easily distinguished from other plants by its glossy yellow-green leaves that when crushed emit a strong lemon scent. Sweet-smelling yellow flowers appear in spring and are followed by small green capsules that take about a year to ripen.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Pittosporums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13841/tarata-lemonwood (accessed 14 November 2019)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015