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Pittosporum phillyreoides (Narrow-leaved pittosporum)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
10m
Max height
5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pittosporum phillyreoides

Other names

Narrow-leaved pittosporum, Weeping pittosporum, Desert willow, Narrow leaf pittosporum, Pittosporum angustifolium

Genus

Pittosporum Pittosporum

Species

P. phillyreoides - P. phillyreoides is a tender, spreading, weeping, evergreen shrub or small tree with linear to narrowly lance-shaped, mid- to dark green leaves, paler beneath, and single or clusters of bell-shaped, cream to yellow flowers in summer followed by spherical, yellow seed capsules containing sticky, orange-red seeds.


Pittosporum phillyreoides is: Evergreen

Fragrance

The flower is scented.

Habit

Weeping, Spreading

Toxicity

All parts are toxic if ingested.

Flower

Pale-yellow, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Tolerates hard pruning.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Pittosporum phillyreoides (Narrow-leaved pittosporum) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Wallside and trellises, Mediterranean, Low Maintenance, Indoor, Hedging/Screens, Drought Tolerant, Conservatory, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny position. Tolerates drought as well as wetter conditions under cultivation. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in full light. Slow growing.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

The soft white-green leaves are a good companion to plants with purple flowers

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Pittosporum phillyreoides

Other names

Narrow-leaved pittosporum, Weeping pittosporum, Desert willow, Narrow leaf pittosporum, Pittosporum angustifolium

Genus

Pittosporum Pittosporum

Species

P. phillyreoides - P. phillyreoides is a tender, spreading, weeping, evergreen shrub or small tree with linear to narrowly lance-shaped, mid- to dark green leaves, paler beneath, and single or clusters of bell-shaped, cream to yellow flowers in summer followed by spherical, yellow seed capsules containing sticky, orange-red seeds.

Native to

Australia

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

The flower is scented.

Habit

Weeping, Spreading

Toxicity

All parts are toxic if ingested.


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Tolerates hard pruning.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pittosporum phillyreoides (Narrow-leaved pittosporum) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Wallside and trellises, Mediterranean, Low Maintenance, Indoor, Hedging/Screens, Drought Tolerant, Conservatory, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny position. Tolerates drought as well as wetter conditions under cultivation. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in full light. Slow growing.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Pittosporum phillyreoides (Narrow-leaved pittosporum)

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Pittosporum phillyreoides (Narrow-leaved pittosporum)

Common pest name

; mango aphid

Scientific pest name

Aphis odinae

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Aphid pest unlikely to survive in the UK and considered to be little or no pytosanitary risk.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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COMPANION PLANTS

The soft white-green leaves are a good companion to plants with purple flowers

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.


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