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Pittosporum tobira

Japanese pittosporum

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to July
  • Height2m to 10m
  • Spread1m to 3m
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourWhite, yellow, green
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Pittosporum tobira (Japanese pittosporum). This is an ornamental evergreen shrub it has a dense habit. The flowers are fragrant and bloom in clusters of cream-white blooms which appear in early spring. The foliage is glossy and leathery with thick rubbery leaves about 2-5 inches long. The fruit is brownish, and is produced in the autumn.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Japan, Korea and China

Interest and use

Fragrance, foliage, ornamental, hedging, specimen. Summer interest. Tolerates coastal conditions

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

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

You can propagate from seeds in the autumn or spring, or from tip cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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