• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Compact and Easy Care
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pit-oh-SPOR-um ten-yoo-ih-FOH-lee-um
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Light Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasEven growth and dense habit yield a near perfect shrub for hedges in formal gardens, parterres and as edging for walks and entries. Single specimens lend themselves to simply sheared geometric shapes. Light pruning renders a tidy natural form and reliable source of bright green in mixed beds and borders. Well adapted to growing in containers for semi-formal effects on porch, patio or terrace.
    Companion PlantsLoropetalum (Loropetalum); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon); Bottlebrush (Callistemon); Agapanthus (Agapanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Apply a slow-release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a neat appearance, periodically prune lightly to shape.Pruning time: early spring.
    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, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This plant is grouped into the signature genus for the Pittosporaceae. P. tenuifolium is a native of New Zealand where it is commonly known as kohuhu or tawhiwhi. It was classified by Sir Joseph Banks, one of the great English plant explorers of the 19th century. While P. tobira and even lesser known P. undulatum are common landscape plants, this species is newly entering the market. 'Golf Ball' is a Monrovia exclusive derived from New Zealand.
    Lore:
    In New Zealand, the Maori people called the plant tawhiwhi. They knew that the plant had a toxic effect on fish, due to the naturally occurring saponins. Traditionally, hunting tribes used it to fish by adding large quantities of the ground-up plant in small pools of water, thereby stunning the fish.

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