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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum' (m/v)

tawhiwhi 'Variegatum'

An evergreen shrub, forming a bushy, upright, oval-shape. Dark stems contrast with variegated, grey-green, creamy-white margined leaves. Flowers from May-June, bearing honey-scented dark purple flowers

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Black Purple Grey Silver Green Cream Variegated
Summer Black Purple Grey Silver Green Cream Variegated
Autumn Black Grey Silver Green Cream Variegated
Winter Black Grey Silver Green Cream Variegated
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Pittosporaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy, Columnar upright
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Best planted in fertile, moist but well-drained, soil. Plant in a sheltered spot as may need protection in colder climes especially from cold, drying winds.

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning

Pruning Group 1

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, cushion scale and pittosporum sucker

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildew and leaf spot

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