Pittosporum crassifolium, Stiffleaf Cheesewood, Karo

Pittosporum crassifolium

Stiffleaf Cheesewood, Karo
Family: Pittosporaceae
Origin: New Zealand
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Pittosporum crassifolium is an easy to care for evergreen shrub that prefers full sun and regular watering. It's a resilient plant that tolerates salt spray, making it suitable for seaside and marshy environments. This species of Pittosporum is an ideal looking to add some vibrancy and texture to your garden, particularly if planted in groups. Growing best in USDA hardiness zone 9-11, the Stiff Leaf Cheesewood can thrive in warm and cold climates alike.

In terms of care, Pittosporum crassifolium is a fairly low maintenance shrub. For optimal growth, they should be watered around 1-2 times per week. In warmer climates, the plant will require a moderate amount of water, whereas cooler climates can get away with less frequent watering. Pruning should be done before flowering, which generally occurs in late winter or spring. This will help encourage new growth while also keeping the shrub at a manageable height.

If grown in colder regions, Pittosporum crassifolium can be planted in a container and kept indoors. When kept in a pot, it is best to water the plant about once a week or so when the soil is dry. Pruning should also be done in the winter or early spring. The plant should be given plenty of sun, either by putting it outside during the day or placing it in the sunniest window. When kept in colder climates, it's important to check the soil from time to time, as it can be relatively soggy during rainy periods or excessively dry during winter. Finally, be sure to give your shrub some fertilizer as needed in order to promote healthy growth.

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