- Common Name(s):
- Japanese pittosporum, Mock orange, Pittosporum
- Shrubs, Trees
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.
- 8-12 ft.
- Alternate, simple, leathery, lustrous dark green leaves; 1.5 to 4 in. long
- 2 to 3 in. cluster of fragrant creamy white flowers in late spring
- Sun to partial shade; well-drained medium moisture, average to slightly acidic soil, moderately fertile, Prefers some part afternoon shade.
- Stiff branches; dense, broad spreading mound
- 4-8 ft.
- Growth Rate:
NCCES plant id: 1725