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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
Japanese pittosporum Australian laurel
house-blooming mock orange
Pittosporum are evergreen shrubs or trees with simple, leathery leaves and small, often fragrant, 5-petalled flowers, followed by spherical, woody fruits splitting to reveal seeds embedded in sticky pulp
P. tobira is a dense, broad, slow-growing medium-sized evergreen shrub with leathery, glossy, obovate leaves, and large terminal umbels of small sweetly-scented flowers opening white, soon turning yellow, in late spring and early summer
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
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
Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Drought Resistant Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance
Mediterranean Climate Plants
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Can get glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, cushion scale and pittosporum sucker
May be subject to powdery mildews
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