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Pittosporum tobira

Japanese mock orange

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

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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 tobira
  • Common name: Japanese mock orange
  • Family: Pittosporaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Japanese mock orange, Pittosporum tobira, is a compact, rounded evergreen shrub with lustrous, deep green leaves, contrasting with honey-scented, creamy-white flowers from late-spring to summer. Native to China, Korea and Japan, in Britain it’s best grown either in the greenhouse border or in a large container on a sunny patio, which you can move indoors in autumn. 

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For best results water Pittosporum tobira regularly and feed once a month when in growth. Water sparingly in winter.

How to grow Pittosporum tobira

  • Plant size

    2m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • 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
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant 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 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 tobira and wildlife

Pittosporum tobira has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Pittosporum tobira poisonous?

Pittosporum tobira 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

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