Pittosporum angustifolium

Pittosporum angustifolium

Common name: Gumbi Gumbi

I grow best: Part shade/full sun
·  Height 10 metres
·  Drought tolerant
·  Flowers June -Nov
·  Showy orange fruit
·  Cultural uses

Looks like: These trees can live up to 100 years, grow to around 7 to 8 metres.They are also incredibly resilient, surviving frost and drought conditions where rainfall is below 150 mm per year.There are many variations

Habitat: This drought-hardy tree is widespread throughout inland Australia, spanning across most states from southern WA to coastal QLD, but tends to occur in isolation or low numbers. Gumbi Gumbi is resistant to both drought and frost, and grows in a wide variety of soil types, from heavy clay to mostly sand. But for best results in a home garden, choose a well-drained loamy soil or potting mix, located in full sun, and water well throughout the dry season.


Traditional uses: Its fruit isn’t considered a food source. Instead, the plant featured widely in Aboriginal bush medicine as a treatment for coughs, colds and eczema, and to induce lactation.Both fresh and dried, the plant’s slender leaves may be steeped in hot water to make a flavoursome, aromatic brew. As Gumbi Gumbi can refer to several varieties of Pittosporum, care must be taken when foraging for leaves in the wild, as not every Gumbi Gumbi is safe to consume.