Pittosporum tenuifolium, Kohuhu

Pittosporum tenuifolium

Family: Pittosporaceae
Origin: New Zealand
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterUnusual colorFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Pittosporum tenuifolium (Kohuhu) is a beautiful large shrub native to New Zealand that can grow up to 5-10 ft tall and 2-5 ft wide. It is popular for its unusual and fragrant dark brown flowers that bloom at night and have an intense honey perfume. This species is also known for their glossy crinkly leaves, which can be quite attractive, especially in the autumn and winter months.

Pittosporum tenuifolium can be established in the garden in USDA Zone: 8-10, and it can either be planted in full sun or semi-shade. It is important to ensure that the plant has regular water, as it is not drought tolerant. This shrub is recommended for homeowners who want a low-maintenance, low-water ornamental to add to their garden.

To ensure it grows properly, it is important to take special care of this shrub not only when you first plant it, but also throughout its life. It should be planted in a well-drained soil, so you might find it helpful to dig in some compost when planting. This will help the plant thrive and prevent it from suffering from any diseases. Once planted, water your shrub periodically and apply a good layer of mulch to protect the roots and discourage weeds.

If you are growing Pittosporum tenuifolium in a pot in cold regions, be sure to take special care of it in winter. Make sure it is kept in a warmer area, so it is less exposed to the cold temperatures and frost. Keep it properly watered and protected from strong winds, and consider wrapping the pot with an insulator to help protect the plant. In addition, you may want to repot the tree in a larger pot annually to allow more room for the roots to breathe and ensure its long-term survival.

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