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Pittosporum tobira

Common Name(s):
Japanese pittosporum, Mock orange, Pittosporum
Cultivar(s):
'Variegata'
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Pittosporum tobira is an attractive evergreen shrub in the Pittosporaceae family.  It is a tough durable shrub that can withstand severe pruning, is drought, heat and salt spray tolerant.  'Variegata' is a slightly smaller shrub with creamy white leaf edges.  It has showy fragrant blooms that smell like orange bloosoms and appear in late spring (April-May).   It makes an excellent specimen plant.  Where it is not winter hardy it grows well as a container plant that can be moved indoors when temperatures cool down. It can also be grown as a houseplant in well lit areas of the home.

 

Seasons of Interest:

      Foliage: Winter, evergreen    Bloom: Spring, April-May

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems though aphids, scale, mealybugs, root-knot nematodes, and whiteflies may occur. Lleaf spot, bacterial blight and crown/root rot can also cause problems.  This plant is frequently damaged by deer. Avoid wet or poorly-drained soils where root rot is more likely to develop.

Height:
8-12 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, leathery, lustrous dark green leaves; 1.5 to 4 in. long
Flower:
2 to 3 in. cluster of fragrant creamy white flowers in late spring
Zones:
9-10
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; well-drained medium moisture, average to slightly acidic soil, moderately fertile, Prefers some part afternoon shade.
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Stiff branches; dense, broad spreading mound
Width:
4-8 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Tags:
heat tolerant, houseplant, showy flowers, drought tolerant, specimen, container, salt tolerant, winter interest, fragrant flowers, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1725

Pittosporum tobira Form
Scott Zona, CC BY-NC-2.0
Pittosporum tobira Flowers
Brian Pettinger, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata' P. tobira 'Variegata' in containers
Pepinieriste 85, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0