Need help identifying this fruit

ebradyNovember 26, 2012

Hi, I was wondering if anyone recognizes this fruit. The tree has been growing in our back yard for somewhere around 50 years. It blooms continuously throughout the year and is a lovely home for honeybees.

I'm interested in identifying the plant because I want to know if its safe to eat. The fruits are hard like a nut, shaped like a kumquat, and have arils like pomegranates.

The tree is 14-16 feet tall and about 12 feet in diameter with a very defined canopy. The trunk isn't very wide (roughly 8-10 inches in diameter).

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Looks like a Pittosporum of some type. Are the flowers fragrant? The hard orange fruits with bright red seeds are a big feature of the species. My first guess would be Pittosporum revolutum but I'm only familiar with the Australian east cost species. Your leaves look a bit different.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 6:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes,it could be Pittosporum Tobira,Japanese Mock Orange.In that case,the fruits are not edible. Brady

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 7:48PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Blueberries not thriving?
I planted young blueberries last spring in pots. They...
Type of Wire for Espalier?
So I've got a tiny (6 trees) fruit orchard that i've...
Can Apples grow in the tropics?
I was wondering if apples could really be grown in...
How does well water with Rust affect pH?
We use well water with lots of rust in it. Will it...
Helen Zone 6 Ohio
Paw Paw in Monmouth County NJ
I'm interested in growing several fruit trees on my...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™