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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'

Pittosporum

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (34387)

Plant details

Pittosporums are classic foliage shrubs, hardy in mild areas and seaside gardens where they make fine hedges, but elsewhere needing the shelter of a warm wall, or alternatively to be grown in pots. The New Zealand species P. tenuifolium is one of the hardiest, with neat, evergreen foliage on conspicuous black twigs. The flowers are small but noticeably honey-scented and a beguiling shade of chocolate-purple. 'Tom Thumb' has golden green young leaves, later turning a beautiful bronze-purple. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit, which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Pittosporaceae

Genus: Pittosporum

Species: tenuifolium

Cultivar: Tom Thumb

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 100cm

Spread: 60cm

Flowering period: July to August


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