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Commonly known as Kohuhu, Parchment bark
Evergreenwavy-margined, thinly leathery, mid-green leaves 2.5-6cm (1-2½in) long
Brown or blackBlack-red
HedgeIdeal for hedgingSuitable for a coastal hedge if some protection given from direct sea-winds
Tall ShrubErect and fast-growing when young. Dark-grey to black young stems. Produces flowers in small, few-flowered, axillary clusters followed by grey-black seed capsules
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)Borderline
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Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesLeaf spot, powdery mildewPlace of originNew ZealandResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/ConditionsAustralian / New ZealandCoastal / windsweptSlightly back from the sea with more shelter in milder areas
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Scented PlantsScented flowershoney-scented.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Elizabeth'
PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Variegatum'
PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue'
PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'
Buy Varieties of PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium
bright greenish-yellow blotches in the centre of the young leaves which become less distinct on maturity
green new growth. Leaves then become purplish-brown
cream and green with distinctive pink edge. Hardy
('Saundersii') - rounded leaves are variegated white on cream
with variegated foliage and a gold star in the centre
a new variety which is a pure light green and makes an excellent hedge or topiary with minimal trimming. It does not become leggy and its leaves hold on the lower branches
('Snow') - green speckled white
very dense natural ball of shiny, grey-green leaves edged with white. Small, honey-scented flowers
leaves suffused silvery-grey with narrow white margins
compact shrub with small leaves variegated green and gold and set off against black stems
dwarf purple new growth emerges light green
silver green leaves margined cream
a new and hardy variety with pale silvery green leaves edged white. The leaves become tinged dark pink in winter
young leaves greenish-gold and maturing golden-yellow with wavy edges
individual leaves are wrinkled with a bluish tinge. Strong growing form