Pittosporum Tenuifolium

Sometimes known by its native New Zealand name, Tawhiwhi, Pittosporum Tenuifolium has attractive, green ovate leaves with wavy edges that grow to 8cm long on their complementary dark, slender stems. Purple, scented flowers appear from late spring to early summer and produce orange berries. The whole plant forms a relatively neat columnar shape; best trimmed in mid-spring and will take heavy pruning in its stride. Drought resistant once established, though, for if the foliage is to give of its best it should be kept moist and planted in full sun. Good choices for coastal gardens – and those who like plants offering fragrance – its flowers have a delightful evening honey scent.

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Pittosporum Tenuifolium at-a-glance

Pittosporum Tenuifolium

Foliage Type: Evergreen – colour and variegation depends on the variety

Flower: Small, dark purple flower clusters in late spring and early summer

Scent: Intense honey fragrance at night

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Soil type: Loam, sand or chalk

Soil pH: Acid to neutral 

Wet/Dry: Moist, well-drained soil

Preferred situation: Sheltered position; in full to partial sun; south, east or west facing

Height: 2.5m+

Width: 2m

Growth Rate: Medium