PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Silver Ball'

Commonly known as Kohuhu, Parchment bark

Very dense natural ball of shiny, grey-green leaves edged with white. Small, honey-scented flowers
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Thinly leathery, glossy leaves 2.5-6cm (1-2½in) long.
  • Brown or black
    Black-red
  • Height
    80cm (32in)
  • Spread
    80cm (32in)
  • Hedge
    Ideal for hedging
    Suitable for a coastal hedge if some protection given from direct sea-winds
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Compact, rounded shrub with dark stems. Produces flowers in few-flowered, axillary clusters followed by grey-black seed capsules
  • Hardy - average winter
    Hardy 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
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Silver Ball'

 

 

  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    Leaf spot, powdery mildew
    Place of origin
    New Zealand
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Bell/Lantern
    Bell-shaped
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Australian / New Zealand
    Border
    Suitable for a shrub border
    Coastal / windswept
    Slightly back from the sea with more shelter
    Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
    Borderline
  • 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.

  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
    Honey-scented
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
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    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
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80cm (32in)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  80cm (32in)
 

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