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Pittosporum 'Silver Ball'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Ball'

Also known as

Kōhūhū 'Silver Ball', Black Matipo 'Silver Ball', Kohukohu 'Silver Ball', Tawhiwhi 'Silver Ball', New Zealand Pittosporum 'Silver Ball'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Pittosporum 'Silver Ball' Overview

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Ball' is a compact, fast-growing, variegated evergreen shrub that forms a naturally spherical shape. Its grey-green leaves with white margins are wavy, ovate, leathery and glossy. Also known as Kohuhu, Black Matipo, Tawhiwhi, or New Zealand Pittosporum, it produces red-purple 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 'Silver Ball' 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. Its round habit makes it a useful plant for topiary balls.

Common problems with Pittosporum 'Silver Ball'

How to propagate Pittosporum 'Silver Ball'

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood in summer

Seed

You can propagate from seeds in the autumn or spring.

Special features of Pittosporum 'Silver Ball'

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Other uses of Pittosporum 'Silver Ball'

Hedging, specimen. Spring interest.