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PITTOSPORUM bicolor

Commonly known as Parchment bark

Downy young stems. Small, maroon-crimson flowers
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Oblong, leathery leaves, 2.5-6cm (1-2½in) long, have rolled margins and are deep green above, white- to brown-felted beneath
  • Red
  • Height
    4-5m (13-16ft)
  • Spread
    2-5m (6½-16ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Erect and bushy shrub or small tree. Produces nodding, flowers singly or in small, axillary clusters followed by dark red seed capsules 1cm (½in) or more across
  • 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)
    Use loam-based compost (JI No. 3 ) in full light
  • 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.
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

PITTOSPORUM bicolor

 

 

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    A shrub for a sheltered site in southern and western maritime counties. Very tolerant of pruning
    Pests & Diseases
    Leaf spot, powdery mildew
    Place of origin
    Australia (New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania)
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Bell/Lantern
    Bell-shaped 1cm (½in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Australian / New Zealand
  • Hardiness
    Tender (greenhouse & conservatory)
  • 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
    Highly fragrant
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly columnar
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4-5m (13-16ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2-5m (6½-16ft)
 

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