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A picture of a Karo

Karo

Pittosporum crassifolium

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

5m

5m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Karo

Seed capsule of Pittosporum crassifolium
A hand holding a flower
A close up of a flower
A photo of Karo

Karo Overview

Pittosporum crassifolium is a small, erect, bushy, evergreen tree or shrub native to New Zealand. It is a very hardy variety of Pittosporum and is suited to coastal conditions. Commonly called Karo, Pittosporum crassifolium has thick leathery leaves that are buff-coloured and feel 'felted' on the underside. It produces red to deep purple, tubular, bell-shaped flowers in early summer, followed by brown seed capsules. Pittosporum crassifolium is being kept under observation in some parts of the USA, to ensure it doesn't escape into the wild. In New Zealand too, it has become a pest plant due to birds spreading the seeds in areas south of its natural range .

Common problems with Karo

Resistant to honey fungus.

How to propagate Karo

Cuttings

Seed

You can propagate from seeds in the autumn or spring.

Special features of Karo

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Attracts birds

Pioneer

Hedge plant

Other uses of Karo

Hedging, specimen