Japanese Mock Orange
Japanese Mock Orange
Pittosporum tobiraItem #6590 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
Attractive upright form displays clusters of fragrant orange-blossom-scented white flowers. Small round fruit follows blooms. Useful as screens, mass plantings or individual accents. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:pit-o-SPOH-rum to-BY-raPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis is perhaps the most versatile broadleaf shrub available today. Most often applied as a foundation plant along walls, houses and fence lines. Deep green makes it a perfect background for borders of dwarf flowering shrubs and perennials. Though it will take shearing as a hedge, it is more attractive left natural. With age, it reaches heights capable of producing a dense privacy screen around spas or in side yards. When grown near porches and patios, the abundant white flowers are capable of perfuming the entire space.Companion PlantsGrow Mock Orange for its low maintenance requirements with other proven evergreens for warmer winters. Use behind Indian Princess Indian Hawthorne, (Raphiolepis indica 'Monto'), African Iris, (Moraeairidioides), Lily Of The Nile, (Agapanthus africanus) and American Red Bush Lantana, (Lantana camara 'American Red'). Beautiful with deciduous Zuni Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Zuni') and for even more fragrance try Star Jasmine, (Trachelospermum jasminoides).
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreLore:Large seeds of this plant bear an extremely sticky seed coat which help them attach to any passing animal to help dispersal over a larger area.