• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate, compact grower to 6-8 ft. tall and wide, larger in optimal conditions.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pit-o-SPOH-rum to-BY-ra
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:8 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate, compact grower to 6-8 ft. tall and wide, larger in optimal conditions.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    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.
    Companion PlantsLoropetalum (Loropetalum); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Blue Oat Grass (Heliotrichon); Bottlebrush (Callistemon); Agapanthus (Agapanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow regular watering schedule during first few growing seasons to establish a deep, extensive root system. May be watered deeply, less frequently, when established. Feed before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
    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: Moderate
    Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established.
  • History & Lore
    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.