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Hymenosporum flavum
Hymenosporum flavum

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Zones 8, 9, 14-24
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Hymenosporum flavum

Sweetshade
Pittosporaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

This graceful, upright Australian native grows naturally as a tree to 12–40 ft. tall and 9–20 ft. wide, but it can be maintained as a shrub with regular pruning. Narrow, glossy dark green leaves, 2–6 in. long. In early summer, bears yellow flowers with pronounced fragrance of orange-blossom honey.

Early ­training is necessary to correct two problems. First, branches spread out in almost equal threes, creating weak crotches that are likely to split. Second, leaves tend to cluster near ends of branches and twigs. Frequent pinching and shortening of growth in early years will result in a stronger, denser plant. Best located away from strong winds. Grow in well-drained soil.

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