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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
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
'Limelight' is a large bushy shrub, or small tree, up to 3m high with shoots that are green when young, becoming greenish-brown with age; the large, glossy, elliptic, almost flat leaves, up to 5.5cm long, are lime-green with dark green margins and pale midribs. Scented, dark brown-maroon flowers appear in late spring or 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 or East-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline
Time to ultimate height
Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, in full sun - will grow in partial shade, but the leaves will be most colourful and wood will ripen better in an open sunny position. Grow in the open in milder areas and in coastal gardens with shelter from the worst cold, drying winds, while in colder gardens grow in a sheltered position such as a south- or west-facing wall, and protect roots in winter with a deep dry mulch
Propagate by semi-ripe basal cuttings in summer, by basal hardwood cuttings in late autumn, or by layering or air layering in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Wall-side Borders Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance
Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Mediterranean Climate Plants
Pruning Pruning group 1; if grown as a hedge, trim in spring and midsummer
Pests May be affected by pittosporum sucker
May be affected by leaf spot and powdery mildews
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