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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.
Cultivar: Tom Thumb
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: Purple
Foliage colour: Purple
Feature: Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Flowering period: July to August
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