20 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Pittosporum tenuifolium is a large, fast-growing, broadly columnar evergreen shrub or small tree. Becoming broader and slower-growing with age, its leaves are wavy, ovate, leathery and glossy. When young, its stems are dark grey to black in colour. Also known as Tawhiwhi, Kohuhu or New Zealand Pittosporum, it produces red-purple-black flowers in late spring and early summer, that are bell-shaped and honey-scented. These are followed by fruits/capsules that are grey-black in colour. Pittosporum tenuifolium can be used in a wide range of garden situations but it may need protection in colder climes - especially from cold, drying winds. Best planted in full sun for the best leaf effect, it likes fertile, moist but well-drained soil.
How to propagate Tawhiwhi
Semi-hardwood in summer