Pittosporum undulatum
Photo by Forest and Kim Starr

Victorian box


  • This plant has a Plant Risk Evaluator rating of High Potential Risk
  • This plant has been rated Watch by the California Invasive Plant Council


Victorian box is a large shrub or medium sized tree that grows 30-40 ft. tall and wide, but is often maintained as a lower screen or hedge plant. It has dark green leaves, cream-white flowers and small orange berries, which can be a nuisance but also attract birds. Native to the subtropical rainforests and is an understory plant in Eucalyptus forests in New South Whales, Australia.

It is considered by some to be invasive in riparian habitats in the San Francisco Bay area and the south coast of California. It occasionally reseeds in gardens. The Calflora map shows its current distribution in California outside of horticulture.

It was considered by Cal-IPC for addition to the Inventory in 2006 but was not added.

Why is this plant not included on the invasive plant list?

Victorian box was considered for addition to the list in 2013. It was not added to the nursery survey because the impact and risk is too low, and because it is not commonly sold anymore.

More information

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