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Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegata’
Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegata’

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Pittosporum brevicalyx

Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees


These plants are valued primarily for their foliage and form, though they also bear clusters of small, bell-shaped, often sweetly fragrant flowers followed by fairly conspicuous fruits the size of large peas. All are basic, dependable plants with pleasing outlines when allowed to branch naturally. Prune periodically to enhance form, thinning out weak branches and wayward shoots. Some make good clipped hedges. Excellent for screens and windbreaks. Susceptible to aphids and scale insects; sooty mold on leaves is a sign of infestation. Ripe fruits (usually orange) split open to reveal sticky seeds; fallen fruit can be a nuisance on lawns and paving.

Pittosporum brevicalyx

Native to China. Grows to 18–20 ft. tall and 16–18 ft. wide. Leathery, glossy dark green leaves have somewhat silvery undersides and reach 4–5 in. long, 1 1/2–2 in. wide. Large clusters of fragrant bright yellow flowers in spring. Produces very little fruit.

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