The Pittosporum Tobira is a sweet smelling evergreen shrub that is native to East Asian countries such as Japan, China, Korea and even Greece surprisingly. It can become tree like if allowed to grow without maintenance so make sure to stick to the guidelines of pruning group 1 if you want to keep it more hedge like. The leaves are oval in shape with edges that curl under and measure up to 10 cm (4 in) in length. The plant itself has a low tolerance for cold weather, making it only H3 in terms of hardiness so make sure to shelter it during the winter time. It is prone to diseases and pests so take care in protecting it. The final height of the plant is between 50 cm – 3 m (1.6 ft – 9.6 ft) and the final width is between 50 cm – 2 m (1.6 ft – 6.4 ft).
Latin Name: Pittosporum Tobira
English Name: Japanese Pittosporum, Australian Laurel
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Flower: White Flowers and Red Berries.
Flowering Period: Spring-Summer
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Moist but well-drained. Loam, Chalk, Sand
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered
Hardiness Rating: Low (H3)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -5°C to 0 °C (43 °F to 52 °F)
Growth Habit: Bushy
Cultivation: Grow outdoors in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from cold drying winds. Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light
Propagation: Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Drought Resistant Mediterranean Climate Plants City & Courtyard Gardens
Pruning: Pruning group 1
Pests: Can get glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, cushion scale and pittosporum sucker
Diseases: May be subject to powdery mildews
Final Height: 50 cm – 3 m (1.6 ft – 9.6 ft)
Final Spread: 50 cm – 2 m (1.6 ft – 6.4 ft)
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