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Pittosporum tenuifolium, Kohuhu

Pittosporum tenuifolium

Kohuhu
Family: Pittosporaceae
Origin: New Zealand
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterUnusual colorFragrantSubtropical, 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.



Pittosporum tenuifolium, Kohuhu


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Pittosporum tobira, Japanese Mockorange, Japanese Pittosporum, Tobira

Pittosporum tobira

Japanese Mockorange, Japanese Pittosporum, Tobira
Family: Pittosporaceae
Origin: China, Formosa, Japan
USDA Plant Hardiness MapCan be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

In general the Japanese pittosporum grows taller in the shade while those grown in full sun are more compact. The leathery leaves are glossy on the top with undersides that are lighter and have a dull surface. These very ornamental leaves reach a length of from 1-5 in and up to 1 in wide with edges that recurve (curl down and inward).The small flowers are about 0.5" in diameter and are held in clusters at the branch tips. They are pure white when they emerge from the bud and slowly age to a mellow creamy yellow. This plant is very adaptable and will grow in most soils except for those that are constantly wet. Moderate moisture is required for fastest growth and best looks. Established plants are able to survive long periods of drought but will look the worse for wear - will recover when adequate moisture is obtained. Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.





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Pittosporum undulatum, Native Daphne, Sweet Pittosporum, Snowdrop Tree , Mock Orange

Pittosporum undulatum

Native Daphne, Sweet Pittosporum, Snowdrop Tree , Mock Orange
Family: Pittosporaceae
Origin: Australia
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

A large evergreen shrub or tree usually growing 4-14 m tall, but capable of growing up to 20 m in height. The creamy-white flowers are strongly scented and borne in small clusters (containing 4-5 flowers) at the tips of the branches. Separate male and female flowers are usually borne on different plants.





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Pittosporum viridiflorum , Cheesewood

Pittosporum viridiflorum

Cheesewood
Family: Pittosporaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Small, greenish-white, sweetly fragant flowers.

This plant makes a good garden plant, growing in either in full sun or semi-shade.



Pittosporum viridiflorum , Cheesewood
Pittosporum viridiflorum , Cheesewood
Pittosporum viridiflorum , Cheesewood
Pittosporum viridiflorum , Cheesewood


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Pittosporum viridiflorum - seeds

Cheesewood, small tree from South Africa with sweetly fragant flowers. This plant makes a good garden plant, growing in either in full sun or semi-shade.
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