Pittosporum, apart from its shy flowers, has simply beautiful leaves.
Plain Pittosporum facts list
Name – Pittosporum
Family – Pittosporaceae
Type – shrub
Height – 6 ½ to 16 feet (2 to 5 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary
Foliage – evergreen – Flowering – spring
The planting, pruning and care you provide this shrub will ensure the proper development of your pittosporum.
Planting pittosporum is best done in spring or fall for specimens sold in containers.
Planting can only be done in fall for plants purchased with their roots bare.
- Choose a sun-bathed area sheltered from cool winds.
- Check that it will rest in well drained soil because it disdains stagnant water.
- Amend with a mix of garden soil and soil mix to promote proper root development.
- Water regularly over the 1st year after planting.
- Follow our Guide on how to plant shrubs
If part of a hedge, keep a distance of around 32 to 40 inches (80 to 100 cm) meters) between pittosporum plants to give each the space it needs.
Never at the end of winter, or its spring-blooming would be compromised.
Consequently, wait for the end of the blooming in spring to prune the pittosporum.
To prune a Pittosporum hedge:
- Follow our advice on pruning a hedge.
- If a standalone or part of a shrub bed, read out guidelines on pruning shrubs.
Learn more about pittosporum
Its elegant bearing, the tender green of its leafage and its nice blooming make this tree a “must-have” in our gardens.
It requires only little care and if you’ve got the knack for it, you can even shape it as you wish, it can be molded even into dreamy shapes…
In a hedge, as a standalone or in a shrub bed, Pittosporum is also perfectly suited to being grown in pots for your terrace, deck or balcony.
When the plant is potted, protect it from the cold for it to survive winter with no damage at all.
Smart tip about pittosporum
Pittosporum loathes deep frost spells, mulch the foot of the tree to guard it when winters are cold.