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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.
Other common names
tawhiwhi New Zealand pittosporum
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Nigricans' Pittosporum nigricans
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. tenuifolium is a large, broadly columnar evergreen shrub with slender, dark shoots. Leaves rounded, glossy light green, with wavy margins. Small, honey-scented deep purple flowers open in clusters 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 West-facing or South-facing or East-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained
SoilChalk, Loam, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Easy to grow in fertile, moist but well-drained, soil. May need protection in colder climes especially from cold, drying winds. Plant in full sun for the best leaf effect
Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders
City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Can get glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, cushion scale and pittosporum sucker
Generally disease free
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