Pittosporum

Pittosportum is a genus of approximately 150 species of evergreen shrubs and trees from tropical and sub-tropical regions of Australasia. They are grown for their attractive foliage and fragrant flowers.

P.bicolor grows to 10-15 feet and has dark green narrow leaves. P.colensoi is a shrub or small tree that grows to 10-15 feet and produces leathery, dark-green leaves with dark-red flowers. Below, P. tobira, common name Japanese cheesewood.

All pittosporums are tender and require a mild climate. During winter a minimum 4oC temperature should be maintained.

They should be grown in large pots or tubs in a compost consisting of 2 parts loam, 1 part peat and a half-part sharp sand. Given them plenty of light and air unless the weather is cold.

Between late spring and late summer, they should be watered generously but only water moderately at other times.

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