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Hymenosporum flavum

native Australian frangipani

A tender evergreen shrub to mid-sized tree, that can reach up to 20m in its native habitat, but more commonly grows to 8-10m high in cultivation. Leaves are lance-shaped and glossy, dark green, and often clustered at the tips of the branches. Clusters of fragrant flowers, opening cream and developing to golden yellow sometimes streaked with summer

Other common names
native honeysuckle
sweetshade
Synonyms
Pittosporum flavum
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Size
Ultimate height
8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Yellow Green
Summer Cream Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Pittosporaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright, Spreading branched
Name status

Correct

Plant range
New Guinea to E Australia

How to grow

Cultivation

In milder areas, may be grown outdoors as a specimen tree, in humus-rich, moist but well drained soil in full sun. Young plants need winter protection; mature plants may survive short spells around 0°C if shoots are well-ripened in summer. In colder areas, grow under glass in a conservatory or temperate greenhouse, in loam-based compost in full light with shade from hot sun

Propagation

Propagate by seed, by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or by layering in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

Pruning group 1 or 8; hard pruning is tolerated. May need restrictive pruning if grown under glass

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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