Butterbush, Weeping Pittosporum, Berrigan, Native Willow, Native Apricot, Western Pittosporum, Apricot Tree, Bitter Bush, Cattle Bush, Poison Berry Tree.
Pittosporum angustifolium, Pittosporum phyllireaoides.
From Greek pitte, to pitch, and sporos, seed, referring to seed covered by dark sticky substance in many Pittosporums.
Up to 10m.
Presence in Australia
West of the Olympic Highway, usually in isolated clumps. Probably previously more common.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA, NT, WA.
Woodland and mallee, and widespread on sandy soils in the arid zone.
Shrub or small tree to 10m high. Virtually hairless with drooping branches, whitish or mottled trunk, narrow leaves 4-12cm long and characteristic orange fruit.
Tolerates drought and frost. Prefers full sun. Resents waterlogging.
Very hardy. Slow-growing but long-lived. Highly palatable to stock.
Yellow to cream, winter-spring. Fragrant.
Early Dec to late May.
From fresh seed (±50 viable seeds per gram) or cuttings. Remove germination inhibitor from sticky seed by washing seed in detergent and rubbing with dry sand for several minutes before sowing. Germinates in 2-3 months.
Shade and shelter
Useful low-level cover in windbreaks.
Useful for stabilising banks.
Timber close-grained, light-coloured and very hard. Turned into small articles such as tool handles.
Good habitat. Sticky seeds eaten by birds.
Uses varied with location. Some clans ate gum from wounded branches. Others pounded seed into edible flour. An infusion was prepared from leaves, seed or wood to relieve internal pain and cramp, and treat colds, sprains, eczema and itching.
Very decorative ornamental for parks and gardens. Graceful weeping habit and attractive orange fruit.
Cut for fair emergency fodder during drought.