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Tawhiwhi

Pittosporum tenuifolium

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Also known as

New Zealand Pittosporum, Kohuhu

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

4m

4m

Min

2.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Tawhiwhi Overview

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.

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Cuttings

Semi-hardwood in summer

Special features of Tawhiwhi

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves