The leaves of Pittosporum viridiflorum (SA Tree List No. 139) may be bright and shiny in full sunlight. They are simple, alternate, spirally arranged or whorled and crowded at the ends of the branchlets. The leaf shape is obovate to broadly oblanceolate with tapering base and attenuating or rounded apex. The leaf colour varies from bright green or apple green to deep green. The veining is more prominent on the duller lower surface. Leaf margins are entire and wavy. The leaves have a distinct resinous odour when crushed, while the bark has a sweet smell and a bitter taste.
The tree is commonly known as cheesewood or kasuur in Afrikaans. It has become popular as a garden plant; the attractions include an erect growth form, the glossy dark foliage and the red seeds when the fruit capsules open (Coates Palgrave, 2002).