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Commonly known as Australian laurel, Tobira
EvergreenLeathery leaves 3-10cm (1-4in) long, deep green above, paler beneath
HedgeIdeal for hedgingSuitable for a coastal hedge if some protection given from direct sea-winds
Tall ShrubOr small tree, usually rounded and dense. Produces flowers in large, terminal clusters followed by spherical, yellow-brown capsules 1.5cm (½in) long with red seeds
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Against a wallSouth- or west-facing wall.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowJapanese mock orangePests & DiseasesRed spider mites, scale insects under glass. Leaf spot, powdery mildew,Place of originChina, Korea, JapanResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeBell/LanternBell-shaped to 2.5cm (1in) across
Garden Location/ConditionsCoastal / windsweptSlightly back from the sea with more shelter in milder areas
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
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 flowersVery sweetly scented
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
PITTOSPORUM tobira 'Variegatum'
PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'
PITTOSPORUM tobira 'Nanum'
Buy Varieties of PITTOSPORUM tobira
silver variegated marbled leaves