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Pittosporum

Pittosporum spp.

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Pittosporum Tobira JPG0 by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H2

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

7m

2m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Tāwhiri karo, Pittosporum cornifolium at Percy Scenic Reserve 7-16
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Overview

Pittosporum is a large group of evergreen shrubs and trees that are characterised by simple, leathery, often wavy leaves and small, sometimes fragrant, 5-petalled flowers. These are followed by spherical, usually orange or brown woody berries or capsules. When split open, these reveal seeds covered in dark, sticky pulp. Several species of pittosporum are grown as garden shrubs or small trees for their attractive foliage, with a number of varieties and cultivars available. Many have variegated - often shiny - leaves, and contrasting juvenile and adult leaf colour, which is intensified by full sun. Originally from Australasia, Oceania, East Asia and Africa, Pittosporums need to be kept sheltered from cold, drying winds and prefer a west or south facing aspect. They are suitable for borders, hedges and windbreaks in coastal areas. The roots of less hardy varieties can be protected in winter by providing a thick mulch.

Common problems

Propagation

Cuttings

Seed

Layering

Special Features

Hedge plant

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Winter colour

Attractive flowers