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
Dense, round shrub 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Easy Care Plant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Dense, round shrub 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Special features:Easy Care
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 IdeasFast 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 semiformal effects on porch, patio or terrace.
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.
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 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.