Pittosporum Tobira – How to care for and where to buy

Pittosporum Tobira is a hardy evergreen shrub that is regularly used as a hedge, screen, or barrier. It occurs in different dwarf and tall species but has an average height of 5 feet and dense broad-spreading leaves. Beautiful flowers with a fragrance of orange bloom occur in white or cream bloom in the spring. More so, they can be grown outdoors in the ground, in containers, or as indoor plants. Common Pittosporum include Pittosporum tobiraPittosporum tenuifolium and Pittosporum Tom thumb.

Pittosporum Tobira Nana – Nanum Kohehu – Japanese Mock Orange

Tobira nana is a dwarf tree type pittosporum tobira only reaching a height of 2 feet with a diameter of 60cm. It is an evergreen shrub with attractive glossy dark green leaves that have a lighter underside. The leaves are arranged in an attractive whorl around the stem, and this forms thick foliage all year round.

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Types Of Pittosporum Tobira

Pittosporum tobira “nana”

Pittosporum Tobira Nana - Nanum Kohehu - Japanese Mock Orange

Pittosporum Tobira Nana – Nanum Kohehu – Japanese Mock Orange

Clusters of tiny white flowers with a sweet-orange smell bloom at the tips of the branches in late spring. More so, the fragrance of the flowers gave rise to its name; “Japanese mock orange”. Pittosporum tobira “nanum” is easy to take care of and is a relatively fast grower when grown in the right conditions. It is a gardener’s favourite because its white flowers contrast beautifully with the dark green foliage even after a couple of weeks when the white flowers begin to fade to cream. View the Pittosporum Grow Guide.

Pittosporum tobira “variegata”

It is a variegated species of the pittosporum tobira “nana” or Japanese mock orange. It is a small-sized tree that grows up to 5 feet tall but older species were known to grow to up to 10 feet. Beautiful green-grey leaves with white margins sit on top of wide branches and in the spring, they bloom creamy flowers that have the fragrance of orange. The bloom is followed by green berries. It is a slow-growing plant but very adaptable and can grow easily in full sun, heat, moderately tolerant to frost and salty winds.

Pittosporum tobira “miss muffet”

This dwarf variant of the pittosporum tobira can be used to create a low hedge since it can be pruned regularly without hurting it. Unlike most other types of pittosporum tobira, the miss muffet thrives better in a shade rather than in the full sun because the leaves can easily get sunburnt. Even more fascinating about this shrub, it has oval glossy dark-green leaves that bloom contrasting cream flowers in spring.


To Grow And Care For Pittosporum Tobira

Pittosporum Tobira is a low-maintenance shrub (What is Pittosporum?) that is relatively easy to care for once it has the right growing conditions. Although most species of the plant thrive well under the conditions listed below, there are a few variations that require slightly different growing conditions.

Soil: Sandy or loam soil that is rich in nutrients, has good drainage, and is moist is ideal for this shrub.

Light: Full sunlight is great for most species, but some others prefer partial shade because their leaves are susceptible to sunburn.

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How do you prune pittosporum tobira?

You can prune pittosporum tobira with pruning shears by either shrub shearing or tree training.

What shrub goes well with pittosporum tobira?

Some of the best companion plants for pittosporum tobira are Cotinus coggygria “smoke bush”, Liriope muscari “blue lily turf”, Artemisia ludoviciana “white sage”, Alchemilla Mollis “lady’s mantle”. For more general plants, have a look here as to what is best to grow with pittisporum.

When do you prune pittosporum tobira?

You can prune pittosporum tobira annually as part of grooming. Pruning right after flowering is best to maintain the scented flowers.

When do you prune pittosporum tobira “nanum”?

Pittosporum tobira “nanum” requires minimal pruning but if you want to prune your plant, the best time of the year is in the middle of spring because this gives the plant time to recover before winter.

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