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Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegata’
Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegata’

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Zones 9, 14-17, 19-24
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Pittosporum crassifolium

Karo
Pittosporaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

PITTOSPORUM

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 crassifolium

From New Zealand. Can reach 25 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide in 8 to 10 years, but yearly pruning easily keeps it to 6–10 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide. Branches are densely clothed in gray-green, 1–2-in.-long leaves with rounded ends. Maroon flowers in late spring. Tolerates seaside conditions. ‘Compactum’ grows to 3 ft. or a bit taller, with equal spread.

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