• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate growing to 30 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Spring
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:8 - 24
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 30 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis highly versatile small evergreen shrub works in a dozen applications. Idea; for neatening up the front of the border with dense foliage. Adds illusion of sun dappling in partly shaded beds. Plant in irregular masses for waves of solid green to ground more upstanding perennials. Super for filling in narrow driveway edge plantings. Provides year around beauty for front yard foundation planting where the variegated leaf margins are appreciated close up. Also softens the edges of concrete slabs and sidewalks. A good choice for filling in between boulders at the base of rock waterfalls and garden pools.
    Companion PlantsPlant this beauty with other warm climate flowering plants such as Blushing Knock Out Rose, (Rosa x 'Radyod'), Queen Anne Lily of the Nile, (Agapanthus africanus 'Queen Anne'), Golden Zebra Landscape Artistry Daylily, (Hemerocallis x 'Malja') and Marmalade Coral Bells, (Heuchera x 'Marmalade'). Particularly nice with flowering trees for warm weather such as Pecos Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Pecos') and Timeless Beauty Desert Willow, (Chilopsis linearis 'Monhews').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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 formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This outstanding dwarf was bred by Ted L. Turner Sr. of Premont, Texas and introduced via the family nursery business, Turner's Gardenland. P. tobira is the most widely planted of all 200 Pittosporum species distributed over a vast region of subtropical and tropical climates. It is Asian in origin and have been popular garden plants in China and Taiwan since ancient times.
    Lore:
    Sir Joseph Banks named the genus pitto-sporum from the Greek for pitchand seed, referring to its the sticky seed coat.