• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, requires only occasional deep watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 30 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    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
    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. Once established, water deeply, less frequently. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, requires only occasional deep watering.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    Sir Joseph Banks named the genus pitto-sporum from the Greek for pitchand seed, referring to its the sticky seed coat.