Pittosporum eugenioides forms an evergreen large shrub or small tree, growing up to 40 ft (12 m) high. The glossy, green, spear-shaped leaves are 2–4 in (5–10 cm) long, with wavy edges, and have a lemon scent when crushed. The greenish yellow flowers are scented; spring.
Pittosporum eugenioides is found in forest clearings and edges, and riverbanks, in lowland to mountain forests throughout both islands of New Zealand. Also called tarata or lemonwood. It is not totally hardy in the UK.