• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - 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
  • Detail
    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, Year-round Interest
    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 semiformal effects on porch, patio or terrace.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Drought tolerant, once established. 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
    Water regularly - weekly or more often in extreme heat.
  • 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.