Gardening

Pittosporum tenuifolium, the small-leaved pittosporum


The pittosporum tenuifolium offers a variegated foliage of any beauty.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Pittosporum tenuifolium
Family : Pittosporaceae

Height
: 2 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Persistent
Flowering : Spring

Planting, pruning and caring for pittosporum tenuifolium will help your pittosporum develop properly. © hcast

Planting pittosporum tenuifolium

The variegated pittosporum tenuifolium being a little less hardy than the others, we will always prefer a sunny location and sheltered from cold winds in winter.

Planting pittosporum tenuifolium takes place at spring or atautumn for Pittosporums sold in containers.

  • Choose a location that is sunny and sheltered from cool winds.
  • Make sure you have well-drained soil as it doesn't like standing water.
  • Bring a mixture of potting soil and garden soil for good rooting
  • Water regularly the first year after planting
  • Follow our guide to planting shrubs properly

In hedge, respect a distance of 80 cm between each pittosporum tenuifolium in order to give it room to develop.

Pittosporum tenuifolium in pots:

Growing pittosporum tenuifolium in a pot is quite possible and even recommended to create a small corner of greenery on your terrace or balcony.

  • Use a pot of sufficient diameter and pierced at the bottom
  • Put a bed of gravel or clay balls at the bottom of the pot
  • Fill the pot with special shrub, planting or universal soil
  • Plant pittosporum tenuifolium in the pot then cover the rest with the same potting soil
  • Water generously then renew the waterings as soon as the soil is dry on the surface

Pruning and maintenance of pittosporum tenuifolium

Once properly in place, pittosporum requires little care and its maintenance is limited.

  • Water in case of hot weather and / or prolonged drought
  • Add shrub fertilizer in early spring
  • A good mulch at the base of pittosporum in winter keeps its roots frost-free, at least partially.

Cut the pittosporum tenuifolium well:

Variegated pittosporum tenuifolium tolerates pruning quite well, especially when grown in hedges or in pots and there is a need to contain its growth or just give it a nice shape.

  • Pittosporum should not be pruned at the end of winter, as its spring flowering will be compromised.
  • So wait for the end of flowering spring to prune pittosporum.

For the size of a hedge of Pittosporum tenuifolium:

  • Follow our advice on how to properly trim a hedge.
  • In isolated or in clumps, follow our advice on shrub pruning

To know about pittosporum tenuifolium

The Pittospore with small variegated leaves brings color and lightness to shrub beds but also to hedges

ThePittosporum tenuifolium is part of the family ofpittosporaceae, it is native to the southern regions of our planet.

Its appearance, its leaning green and white foliage gives it a very decorative allure, whether it is grown in the ground or in a pot on a terrace and balcony

It is low maintenance and you can even have the freedom, if you wish, to shape it as you want by trimming it to your liking.

Among the pittosporum that we particularly appreciate in the garden, we also note the pittosporum tobira.

Smart tip

Pittosporum does not like severe frost, mulch the base of the tree to protect it from the cold.

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