Dark green, leathery, evergreen foliage; fragrant, early, creamy yellow spring flowers with a scent like orange blossoms; and a broad, dense habit all have made this a popular plant in southern and western gardens for screens, massed plantings, borders, and as foundation plantings. It is particularly effective in containers or trained as a small, crooked-stemmed tree.
Smaller cultivars, some of which have variegated foliage, are available for facing plants and ground covers. However, another selection is suggested if a formal hedge is desired—this pittosporum does not respond well to hard pruning or shearing, although frequent light pinching can help to maintain a compact habit. Allowed to grow naturally, it reaches 6 to 15 feet in height and is usually slightly wider. Fairly drought-resistant, it nevertheless appreciates adequate water and an annual light fertilization. Aphids and scale can be a problem. Medium shade to full sun is best, although it tolerates dense shade well.