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Pittosporum Genus

Parchment bark

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Pittosporum genus (Parchment bark). There are about 200 species of evergreen trees and shrubs in this genus. The leaves are arranged alternately on the stems, or in whorls. The flowers are fragrant and followed by the fruits.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Kohuhu

Interest and use

Grown for their ornamental foliage and flowers with fragrance. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are frost hardy to frost tender, min 7C. They grow well in mild areas or in cold regions grown against a south or west facing wall. You will need to grow in fertile, well-drained soil, make sure you keep moist over the summer to maintain the foliage. They will need full sun or partial-shade with a sheltered position.

Propagation

Propagate P.dallii by budding in summer, other species by seed in autumn or spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer and selected forms by semi-ripe cuttings only in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to red spider mite and scale insects. Also leaf spot and powdery mildew.

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