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PITTOSPORUM tobira 'Variegatum'

Commonly known as Australian laurel, Tobira

Silver variegated marbled leaves
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  • Evergreen - leathery leaves 3cm (1¼in) long, deep green above, paler beneath with irregular white margins
  • Cream
  • Height - 2-10m (6½-33ft)
  • Spread - 1.5-3m (5-10ft)
  • Tall Shrub - with congested stems, usually rounded and dense. Produces large, terminal clusters of flowers followed by spherical, yellow-brown capsules 1.5cm (½in) across with red seeds
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Will grow outside in milder locations - This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here. - under glass use loam-based compost (JI No.3) in full light
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - leaf spot, powdery mildew
  • Place of origin - China, Korea, Japan
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern - - bell-shaped to 2.5cm (1in) across
  • Hardiness - Tender (greenhouse & conservatory) -
  • Leaf Colour (if not green) - Silver variegated -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable 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 Plants - Scented flowers - - very sweetly scented
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
2-10m (6½-33ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.5-3m (5-10ft)

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