Description: Ho`awa is an attractive small
tree up to 25 feet with evergreen foliage and a rounded form.
Relatively slow growing, this tree serves well as a specimen planting or
small shade tree. Tolerates full sun with medium water requirements.
There are many species native to Hawaii with a species, P. hosmeri,
from the Big Island growing the fastest and largest. Small white
flowers are fragrant in the evening and walnut shaped fruit open to
expose a bright orange flesh with sticky black seeds. Most ho`awa
are grown from seed, though cuttings will root. The tree will grow
out of any pest problems and tolerates a wide range of soils.
(walnut shaped fruit after opening)
(Pittosporum glabrum, about 7 years old)
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