Robert Powell: Tree Pictures, South-Western Australia

Coast pittosporum (Pittosporum ligustrifolium)
Coast pittosporum stands out with its bright-green foliage.  It is now scarce on the Perth mainland, but is doing well on Rottnest and Garden islands; the pictures were all taken on Rottnest.

Like other coastal trees, such as moonah, it bears its foliage in a dense, rounded mass.  In this respect it is very different from the widespread weeping pittosporum (P. angustifolium), with its dispersed, hanging foliage.  (Both were formerly considered to be forms of Pittosporum phylliraeoides, which, as now recognized, occurs in the Shark Bay area.)

© Text and photographs: Robert Powell