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PITTOSPORUM

Commonly known as Karo, Parchment bark

Hardy in all but the coldest areas. All flower APR-JUL

OFTEN sweetly night-scented and always sticky-seeded mainly evergreen shrubs and trees found in wideranging habitats in Australasia, southern Africa, southern and eastern Asia and the Pacific islands. It is thought that its origin was the supercontinent Gondwana. Genus of about 200 species.

 

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Leaves dark-green above, white or buff-felted beneath, 5-7cm (2-3in) long.
  • Brown or black
  • Purple
    Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
    Deep purple
  • Height
    5-10m (16-33ft)
  • Spread
    2-5m (6½-16ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Or small tree with ascending stems. Flowers in terminal clusters, males in clusters of up to 10, females in clusters of 5, followed by almost spherical seed capsules to 1.5cm (¾in) across
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy 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)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    Leaf spot, powdery mildew.
    Place of origin
    New Zealand (North Island)
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Bell/Lantern
    Tubular-bell-shaped to 1cm (½in) across
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • 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
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
5-10m (16-33ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2-5m (6½-16ft)
 

Buy Varieties of PITTOSPORUM

PITTOSPORUM adaphniphylloides

PITTOSPORUM adaphniphylloides

Parchment bark

(formerly daphnephylloides) - huge dark green leaves of up to 10 ins. Scented cream flowers and small red fruit. Hardy if sheltered

 
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PITTOSPORUM bicolor

PITTOSPORUM bicolor

Parchment bark

downy young stems. Small, maroon-crimson flowers

 
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PITTOSPORUM crassifolium 'Variegatum'

PITTOSPORUM crassifolium 'Variegatum'

Karo

grey-green leaves variegated creamy-white on the edges

 
£17.50 each 
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PITTOSPORUM eugenioides 'Variegatum'

PITTOSPORUM eugenioides 'Variegatum'

Lemonwood, Tarata

pale yellow scented flowers and leaves margined creamy-white

 
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PITTOSPORUM heterophyllum

PITTOSPORUM heterophyllum

Parchment bark

small pale yellow fragrant flowers. Dense growth and evergreen

 
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Available late spring to early summer 2022 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
PITTOSPORUM illicioides

PITTOSPORUM illicioides

Parchment bark

fragrant cream-yellow flowers

 
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PITTOSPORUM napaulense

PITTOSPORUM napaulense

Parchment bark

panicles of scented yellow flowers

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

green foliage

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

bright greenish-yellow blotches in the centre of the young leaves which become less distinct on maturity

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum'

Kohuhu

green new growth. Leaves then become purplish-brown

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Elizabeth'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Elizabeth'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

cream and green with distinctive pink edge. Hardy

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium Garnettii'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium Garnettii'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

('Saundersii') - rounded leaves are variegated white on cream

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Gold Star'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Gold Star'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

with variegated foliage and a gold star in the centre

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Golf Ball'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Golf Ball'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

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

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Irene Paterson'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Irene Paterson'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

('Snow') - green speckled white

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Silver Ball'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Silver Ball'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

very dense natural ball of shiny, grey-green leaves edged with white. Small, honey-scented flowers

 
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£35.00  
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Silver Queen'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Silver Queen'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

leaves suffused silvery-grey with narrow white margins

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Tandara Gold'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Tandara Gold'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

compact shrub with small leaves variegated green and gold and set off against black stems

 
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£35.00  
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

dwarf purple new growth emerges light green

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Variegatum'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Variegatum'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

silver green leaves margined cream

 
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£35.00  
PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Victoria'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Victoria'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

a new and hardy variety with pale silvery green leaves edged white. The leaves become tinged dark pink in winter

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Warnham Gold'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Warnham Gold'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

young leaves greenish-gold and maturing golden-yellow with wavy edges

 
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PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue'

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue'

Kohuhu, Parchment bark

individual leaves are wrinkled with a bluish tinge. Strong growing form

 
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PITTOSPORUM tobira

PITTOSPORUM tobira

Australian laurel, Tobira

white stephanotis-like scented flowers in JUN-JUL, excellent for coastal planting

 
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PITTOSPORUM tobira 'Nanum'

PITTOSPORUM tobira 'Nanum'

Australian laurel, Tobira

dwarf form

 
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PITTOSPORUM tobira 'Variegatum'

PITTOSPORUM tobira 'Variegatum'

Australian laurel, Tobira

silver variegated marbled leaves

 
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