Pittosporum tobira ‘Green Compact’

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USDA Hardiness zone: Zn7b 10º to 5ºF

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Pittosporum tobira ‘Green Compact’

We found this very handsome form of Pittosporum tobira in the south where it is regarded as one of the cold hardiest forms.  Upright and then spreading to 6′ tall and 6′ wide in 7 years. Much larger glossier deeper green leaves than the species. Reputedly hardy into central Tennessee. Pretty good. We’ve never had it damaged by cold. Extremely fragrant small off white flower clusters at the branch tips in May. A great hedge or specimen. Very, very drought and heat tolerant. Formal appearance year round. Prune after flowering if needed. Avoid standing water at any point. In very cold winters (below 15ºF) it may lose some of its interior leaves. They are replaced in spring. Protect from subfreezing wind. Very fragrant flowers. Authentic in Japanese themed gardens.

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