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, compact grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Easy Care Plant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Botanical Pronunciation:pit-o-SPOH-rum to-BY-ra
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:8 - 24
Growth habit:Compact
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate, compact grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
Special features:Easy Care
Foliage color:Gray-green
Blooms:Spring
Flower color:White
Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
Design IdeasLovely light variegated foliage gives this evergreen shrub a special ability to inject interest into dull landscapes. It is highly versatile and ruggedly drought resistant. Most often applied as a foundation plant along walls, houses and fence lines. Coloring makes a perfect background for deep-green or emerald plants and is neutral enough to accentuate cool-colored perennials. Though it will take shearing as a hedge, it is more attractive if kept to its natural size with selective pruning. Blends exceptionally well into formal, Asian, or contemporary gardens.
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 tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
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:
This genus, Pittosporum, contains over 200 species of trees and shrubs native to the tropical regions of the world and most in the southern hemisphere. It was classified by Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820, who was perhaps the most famous of all the early plant explorers and among the founders of the Horticultural Society of London. He named it from the Greek for pitch and seed referring to the sticky seed coat. Carl Thunberg of the Dutch East India Company identified but incorrectly classified this species of Japan as Euonymus tobira, his species designation from the native Japanese name. It was accurately classified by William Aiton, 1731-1793 and since then about a dozen cultivars have been produced. This is the most well known of all the horticultural variations of the original species.