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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


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • 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'


Semi-hardwood in summer


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.