Pittosporum illicioides var. angustifolia

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USDA Hardiness zone: Zn7a 5º to 0ºF

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Groovy evergreen cold hardy Pittosporum that provides unusual textural effects. Long thin leaves are glossy and bright green and only 1/3″ wide they stretch to 5″ long. Wispy effect of a shrub to 8′ tall and 5′ wide in 6 years. Beyond that it will assume the demeanor of a small tree. Adaptable to any soil type aside from boggy. Incredibly drought tolerant- established plants need little summer water whatsoever. Full sun to quite a bit of shade. Forms an umbrella shape in time and casts light shade. In spring not very conspicuous little yellow flowers appear at the end of thread like stems. Cold hardy and long lived. Fantastic and graceful. Prune after blooming in late spring. May be pruned hard as there are numerous dormant buds along the stems- and will re-sprout from bare trunks. Brush heavy snow off this shrub but its cold hardy enough not to require winter protection. This shrub is at its best in the ground, overly enriched conditions in containers bely its future great beauty.   SW China.

    A nice specimen of Pittosporum illicioides.

 

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