(Pi- tos -po - rum) This invaluable New Zealand native shrub is the backbone of many gardens. Pittosporums are what we here at Wairere call a "performance plant" as they will suply the desired effect in planting schemes without being too demanding or fussy. The name comes from Greek 'pitta' meaning pitch and 'sporum' meaning seed which refers to the sticky seeds that apear after the flowers. There are 200 species of Pittosporum many of which come from New Zealand. Pittosporums can be used as excellent stand alone feature plants, hedges, screens, windbreaks, shrubberies or topiary specimens. The highly ornamental, evergreen foliage almost always looks well groomed and is extremely tolerant of regular trimming.
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The flowers are not really considered to be a significant feature of Pittosporums however if you have ever noticed (and it would be hard not to) their heady perfume filling the evening air from September to December you will realize that the small flowers do indeed pack a powerful punch. Pittosporums are hapiest in fertile, well drained soil that does not completely dry out in summer however they are very tolerant and adapt well to less than ideal planting conditions. Personally, I think they do best in a sunny position but they will tolerate some shade.
Pittosporums will benefit from feeding once a year in spring with a general fertilizer. Generally they are very hardy with a rapid growth habit which means that your plants will very quickly look established. We offer several varieties and sizes of Pittosporums from "a bit of instant" to small hedging grades. We are hapy to discuss the best options if you require large quantities for shelter or hedging.
Native. Tasman Ruffles has a bushy habit. The leaves are jade green with ruffled edges and the stems are coloured dark reddish black. Great for hedging. Plant in sun to part shade in well drained soil. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 2m
Native. An easy to grow and well behaved native tree with attractive, undulating, pale green foliage. The small dark purple flowers emit a heady fragrance in the spring evening air. Great for screening, hedges and for background foliage. Trims well. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Purple / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
A very attractive form of our NZ Pittosporum that forms a neat, evergreen tree ideal for screening or hedging. Glossy, wavy leaves of mid grey-green on stems that have a bluish hue. Easy and quick growing, trims well. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Brown Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m