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Once a weekFull sunSpring
  • Glossy Evergreen Foliage: Features bright green, leathery leaves that retain their color and vitality throughout the year.
  • Fragrant White Flowers: Produces small, sweetly scented white flowers in late spring, enhancing its ornamental appeal.
  • Drought and Salt Tolerant: Adaptable to drought conditions and tolerant of salt spray, making it suitable for a variety of landscapes, including coastal areas.

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The Green Pittosporum offers a vibrant and evergreen presence in your garden. Expect a dense canopy of glossy green leaves that add texture and depth to your landscape. Its compact growth habit and versatility allow it to be used as a foundation planting, hedge, or accent plant. The Green Pittosporum's year-round beauty and low-maintenance nature make it a valuable addition to any garden, providing a backdrop of greenery and creating a serene and inviting atmosphere.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate; mature height of 6-12 feet and width of 6-12 feet, depending on pruning and conditions.

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Pruning: Requires minimal pruning but can be shaped easily to maintain desired size or form, typically done after flowering.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to promote healthy growth and flowering.

Winter Protection: Generally hardy in its growing zones but may need protection from frost in the northern edges of its range.

Choose a location with well-draining soil in full sun to partial shade. Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Plant the Pittosporum, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly. Space plants according to their mature width to allow for spread and air circulation.

The Green Pittosporum thrives in well-drained soil and benefits from regular watering. Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry, providing enough water to thoroughly saturate the root zone. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings, avoiding prolonged periods of waterlogged conditions. This plant prefers full to partial sunlight, receiving at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily. However, it can tolerate some shade, making it adaptable to different lighting conditions in your garden.

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Zones 8-11

Green Pittosporum thrives in USDA Zones 8-11, flourishing in well-drained soils and tolerating a range of conditions from full sun to partial shade. Its resilience to environmental stresses, including urban pollution, makes it a versatile addition to both residential and commercial landscapes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pittosporum typically grows to a height and spread of about 6 to 10 feet in both directions. However, under optimal growing conditions, it can sometimes reach heights of up to 15 feet or more. Additionally, specific cultivars may vary in size, so it's essential to consider the mature size of the particular variety you're planting when planning your landscape. Regular pruning can also help control the size and shape of the plant to fit your desired landscape design.

The growth rate of Pittosporum can vary depending on factors such as environmental conditions, soil quality, and pruning practices. In general, pittosporum is considered a moderately fast-growing shrub. Under optimal conditions, it can grow between 12 to 24 inches in height per year. However, growth rates may slow down as the plant reaches maturity. Providing adequate sunlight, water, nutrients, and regular pruning can help promote healthy growth and encourage faster establishment of the shrub.

Caring for green pittosporum involves several key steps to ensure its health and vitality:

Light: Green pittosporum thrives in full sun to partial shade. Ensure it receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth and flowering.

Soil: Well-draining soil is essential for pittosporum. Amend heavy clay soil with organic matter to improve drainage and fertility. A slightly acidic to neutral soil pH is preferred.

Watering: Water newly planted green pittosporum regularly to establish roots. Once established, it is moderately drought-tolerant but benefits from regular watering during dry spells, especially in the growing season.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for shrubs in spring before new growth begins. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates.

Pruning: Prune green pittosporum in late winter or early spring to remove dead, damaged, or overgrown branches. You can also shape the shrub to maintain its desired size and form.

Mulching: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch, such as bark chips or compost, around the base of the shrub to conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Pest and Disease Control: Monitor green pittosporum for common pests like aphids, scale insects, and spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. Additionally, ensure good air circulation around the shrub to prevent fungal diseases.

Winter Protection: In colder climates, consider providing winter protection, such as wrapping the shrub with burlap, to shield it from freezing temperatures and harsh winds.

By following these care guidelines, you can help your green pittosporum thrive and maintain its attractive appearance in your landscape.

Pittosporum is typically grown as a shrub rather than a tree. It has a dense and rounded growth habit, with multiple stems emerging from the base. While it can reach a significant size, especially in optimal growing conditions, it is more commonly used as a medium-sized shrub in landscaping. However, some varieties of pittosporum, such as Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata,' can be pruned into a small tree form with a single trunk. Overall, it is more commonly cultivated as a shrub due to its natural growth habit and versatility in landscape design.

Pittosporum exhibits attractive characteristics throughout the seasons:


In spring, Pittosporum typically produces clusters of small, fragrant flowers. These flowers are usually creamy white and have a sweet scent, adding visual and olfactory interest to the landscape.


During the summer months, the glossy, dark green leaves of Pittosporum provide a lush backdrop in the garden. The foliage remains dense and evergreen, offering year-round interest.


In the fall, Pittosporum retains its glossy green foliage, maintaining its vibrant appearance as temperatures begin to cool.


Even in winter, Pittosporum maintains its evergreen foliage, providing color and texture to the landscape during the colder months. The glossy leaves contrast beautifully with the subdued winter landscape.

Overall, Pittosporum is prized for its handsome foliage and ability to maintain visual interest throughout the year, making it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes.

The best place to plant Pittosporum is in a location that receives partial to full sun and has well-draining soil. Pittosporum thrives in a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils, as long as they are well-draining. Additionally, choose a site that is protected from strong winds, especially in colder climates, as strong winds can damage the foliage. Pittosporum is often used as a hedge, specimen plant, or in mixed borders, so consider its intended purpose and landscape design when selecting the planting location.

The best time to plant Pittosporum is typically in early spring or fall, when temperatures are moderate and rainfall is more plentiful. Planting during these seasons allows the shrub to establish its roots before facing the stress of summer heat or winter cold. In regions with mild climates, Pittosporum can also be planted during the winter months, as long as the soil is workable and not frozen. Avoid planting during the height of summer or winter, as extreme temperatures can stress the plant and impede establishment.

Pittosporum thrives in temperate to subtropical climates. The best climate for Pittosporum is one that provides mild temperatures, moderate humidity, and protection from harsh environmental conditions such as strong winds and frost.

Ideal conditions for Pittosporum include:

Mild temperatures: Pittosporum prefers moderate temperatures ranging from about 50°F to 80°F (10°C to 27°C). It can tolerate occasional fluctuations in temperature but may suffer damage in extreme heat or cold.

Moderate humidity: While Pittosporum tobira can tolerate a range of humidity levels, it generally prefers moderate humidity. High humidity can promote lush foliage growth, but adequate air circulation is essential to prevent fungal diseases.

Protection from strong winds: Pittosporum tobira is susceptible to damage from strong winds, which can cause its delicate branches and foliage to break or become distorted. Planting in a location sheltered from prevailing winds or providing windbreaks can help protect the plant.

Frost protection: While Pittosporum tobira is relatively frost tolerant, it may suffer damage in prolonged periods of freezing temperatures or severe frost. In regions with occasional frost or freezing conditions, providing protection such as frost cloth or planting in sheltered areas can help prevent damage.

Overall, Pittosporum tobira thrives in climates with mild temperatures, moderate humidity, and protection from harsh environmental conditions. It is commonly grown in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11, but specific microclimates within these zones may also support its growth.

To plant Pittosporum, follow these steps:

Choose a location: Select a planting location that receives partial to full sunlight and has well-draining soil. Pittosporums prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil pH.

Prepare the soil: Loosen the soil in the planting area to a depth of about 12 inches (30 cm) and amend it with organic matter like compost to improve drainage and fertility.

Dig the hole: Dig a hole that is twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball of the Pittosporum plant.

Remove the plant from its container: Gently remove the Pittosporum from its container, being careful not to damage the roots. If the roots are tightly bound, gently loosen them to encourage outward growth.

Plant the Pittosporum: Place the plant in the center of the hole and backfill with the amended soil, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil surface. Tamp down the soil gently to remove air pockets.

Water thoroughly: Water the newly planted Pittosporum thoroughly to settle the soil and ensure good root-to-soil contact. Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged, especially during the establishment period.

Mulch: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or shredded bark, around the base of the plant to conserve moisture, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature.

Prune if necessary: If the Pittosporum has any damaged or dead branches, you can prune them back to encourage healthy growth. However, avoid heavy pruning immediately after planting to minimize stress on the plant.

Monitor and care for the plant: Regularly monitor the plant for signs of pests, diseases, or water stress. Provide supplemental water during dry periods, especially in the first year after planting. Fertilize according to the specific needs of your soil and plant, typically in the spring or early summer.

By following these steps, you can successfully plant Pittosporum and help it establish and thrive in your garden.

Several factors could contribute to a Pittosporum dying. Here are some common reasons:

Watering issues: Overwatering or underwatering can stress the plant. Make sure the soil is well-draining and water the plant appropriately, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again.

Poor soil conditions: Pittosporums prefer well-draining soil with organic matter. Compacted or poor-quality soil can suffocate the roots and lead to plant stress.

Pests and diseases: Check for signs of pests like aphids, scale insects, or fungal diseases. Treat any infestations promptly with appropriate insecticides or fungicides.

Environmental stress: Extreme temperatures, high winds, or prolonged drought can stress the plant. Consider providing shade during hot afternoons and watering during dry spells.

Root issues: Root rot caused by overly wet conditions or poor drainage can lead to the decline of the plant. Ensure proper drainage and avoid planting too deeply.

Nutrient deficiencies: Lack of essential nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, or iron can cause yellowing of leaves and overall decline. Consider fertilizing the plant with a balanced fertilizer according to label instructions.

Inspect your Pittosporum for any signs of these issues and take appropriate action to address them promptly to improve the plant's health and prevent further decline. If you're unsure about the cause of the problem, consulting with a local gardening expert or extension service can provide valuable guidance.

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