Pittosporum rigidum Hook. f.

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'Pittosporum rigidum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/pittosporum/pittosporum-rigidum/). Accessed 2024-05-25.

An evergreen shrub up to 10 ft or more high (generally smaller), much branched but not interlacing; young shoots of juvenile plants densely clothed with reddish-brown down. Leaves obovate or oval, round-ended, tapered at the base to a short stalk; entire and glabrous on old plants, often coarsely toothed and downy on young ones, 14 to 1 in. long, 18 to 38 in. wide. Flowers small, dull purple, produced singly from the leaf-axils, very shortly stalked. Seed-vessels roundish ovoid, 14 in. wide, ending in a spine-like tip.

Native of the North and South Islands, New Zealand, up to 4,000 ft altitude. It is of no great ornament, but is a curious, often dwarfish, small-leaved shrub which one might easily pass when in flower without noticing the blossom. A shrub sometimes grown under this name in British gardens is really P. divaricatum, a very nearly related and perhaps more interesting shrub on account of its dense interlacing habit of branching; its leaves are much less frequently entire on adult plants than in P. rigidum and its flowers are terminal. Of P. rigidum there is a healthy bush in the Edinburgh Botanic Garden.