Pittosporum Tenuifolium - New Zealand Pittosporum


  • A handsome, small or medium shrub, suitable for hedging (if it is in a sheltered position from cold winds) for the patio or for bonsai too (it branches out freely). It can be grown in any fertile soil with good drainage and in half shade or light shade. It has a quirky appearance with black, slender stems, soft, glossy foliage (there are several varieties with different leaf colours) and small, dark purple flower which give off a honey-like fragrance especially during the evening and night. Its sticky, black seeds has some ornamental value too which remain in the open seedpods for months. Evergreen -hardy till -10C dislikes hard frosts and cold winds. Can be grown on a cool windowsill.


Our 20cm tall, strong seeding plants in sturdy 8cm pots; freshly hand picked from our nursery benches; cultivated under UK climatic conditions.


Other common names:   Kohuhu, Tawhiwhi, Black Matipo
Native to:     New Zealand
Family:     Pittosporaceae (Pittosporum Family)
Habit (UK conditions):  small-medium evergreen shrub
Max. size in 10 years:   2m x 1m (if planted out)
Main value (in order of importance):    black stems, glossy green leaves, fragrant flowers
Flower colour:    dark purple
Flowering period:   May
Autumn coloration:   - (evergreen)
Preferences:    wide range of soils, full sun or half shade in fertile soil with good drainage (medium drought tolerant)
Hardiness:    hardy to around -10C
Is it toxic?    no data
Is it edible?    no



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