• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Pittosporum tenuifolium

New Zealand pittosporum

New Zealand pittosporum

© � RHS 1999

  • Other common names New Zealand pittosporum
    Tawhiwhi

    Kohuhu

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  • Genus Pittosporum are evergreen shrubs or trees with simple, leathery leaves and small, often fragrant, 5-petalled flowers, followed by spherical, woody fruits splitting to reveal seeds embedded in sticky pulp

  • Family Pittosporaceae / Pittosporaceae

  • Species P. tenuifolium is a large, broadly columnar evergreen shrub with slender, dark shoots. Leaves rounded, glossy light green, with wavy margins. Small, honey-scented deep purple flowers open in clusters in late spring and early summer

  • Plant range New Zealand

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in fertile, moist but well-drained, soil. May need protection in colder climes especially from cold, drying winds. Plant in full sun for the best leaf effect

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Can get glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, cushion scale and pittosporum sucker

Diseases Generally disease free

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