Growing Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Growing Japanese Pittosporum Plants

The Japanese Pittosporum plants are medium to tall evergreen shrubs with glossy vivid green foliage and clusters of white flowers that appear in summer.  It is native to southern Japan and China. The attractive, dense evergreen foliage and mounded form, along with adaptability to many growing conditions, make it popular in landscapes as hedges and foundation plantings. These plants versatile and thrives equally well in either shade or sun. Propagation, or how to grow Pittosporum, is through semi-hardwood cuttings in summer. Place the cutting in a half and half mixture of peat and perlite. Keep the pot lightly moist and soon you will have another Pittosporum baby to enjoy. The plant does produce a small fruit with a bright red seed, but the seeds are not easily sprouted and are often not viable. The tolerance of this plant is nearly legendary. In addition to its ambivalence regarding lighting, it can also grow on almost any soil. It is drought resistant, but the plant is most beautiful when it does receive regular irrigation.

Use mulch around the root zone in hot areas, and plant in an eastern exposure at the highest hardiness zones to prevent sunscald. The most important aspect of good Japanese Pittosporum care is to ensure the planting site has adequate drainage. While the plants grows best when it has regular water, it doesn’t tolerate wet feet and is also susceptible to a host of fungal diseases. Water at the root zone to prevent foliar disease and fertilize in spring with an all purpose, slow release plant food.

Outdoor Garden With Green Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Pittosporums (Pittosporum spp.) are rapidly maturing, low-maintenance trees or shrubs that offer a variety of landscape uses.

Outdoor Garden With Green Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Backyard Garden With Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Almost indestructible, Japanese Pittosporum is a long-lived evergreen shrub. Use this reliable grower as a hedge or in a mixed border.

Backyard Garden With Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Green Japanese Pittosporum Plants In The Garden

Japanese Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira) is a useful ornamental plant for hedges, border plantings, as a specimen or in containers.

Green Japanese Pittosporum Plants In The Garden

Backyard Japanese Pittosporum Plants

The thick foliage makes the plant an excellent screen en masse, but it can also be an interesting single or multi-stemmed stand alone tree.

Backyard Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Japanese Pittosporum Plants In The Yard

Pittosporum plants are moderate to slow growing bushes with whorled leaves of either glossy green or variegated white. The plants produce fragrant, creamy white flowers at the ends of the stems, set in clusters.

Japanese Pittosporum Plants In The Yard

Backyard With Wooden Deck And Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Pittosporum plants are very tolerant of pruning. Trimming Pittosporums helps shape them and keep them within a desirable size. They may be headed back for sizing or even severely cut back for rejuvenation.

Backyard With Wooden Deck And Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Formal Garden With Japanese Pittosporum Plants

The Japanese Pittosporum is a sturdy shrub for subtropical landscapes that bears sweetly scented blossoms each year

Formal Garden With Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Green Backyard Japanese Pittosporum Plants

Pittosporums usually grow to between 20 and 35 feet, though they may be kept smaller with pruning.

Green Backyard Japanese Pittosporum Plants
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