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Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Irene Paterson’

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Irene Paterson'
  • Family: Pittosporaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Foliage colour:

Silver

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 cultivation in pots.

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Pittosporum tenuifolium is one of the hardiest pittosporums, with neat, evergreen foliage on conspicuous black twigs. The flowers are small but noticeably honey-scented and a beguiling shade of chocolate-purple. 

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Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Irene Paterson’ has creamy young leaves which mature to deep green marbled with white, and become flushed pink in winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Pittosporum 'Irene Paterson'

  • Plant size

    1.2m height

    60cm spread

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Pittosporum 'Irene Paterson' and wildlife

Pittosporum 'Irene Paterson' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Pittosporum 'Irene Paterson' poisonous?

Pittosporum 'Irene Paterson' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Pittosporum 'Irene Paterson'

Indigofera amblyantha
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Indigofera amblyantha

Pink-flowered indigo