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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum' (Variegated pittosporum)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
2m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum'

Other names

Variegated pittosporum, Variegated kohuhu, Variegated tawhiwhi

Genus

Pittosporum Pittosporum

Variety or Cultivar

'Variegatum' _ 'Variegatum' is a bushy, upright, rounded, evergreen shrub or small tree with dark stems bearing small, oval to rounded, wavy-edged, grey-green leaves with cream margins and small, fragrant, dark purple flowers in late spring and early summer.


Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum' is: Evergreen

Fragrance

The flower is scented.

Habit

Upright, Rounded, Bushy

Flower

Dark-purple in Spring; Dark-purple in Summer

Foliage

Variegated, Cream, Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Cushion scale , Pittosporum sucker Aphids , Cushion scale , Pittosporum sucker

Powdery mildew , Leaf spot Powdery mildew , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum' (Variegated pittosporum) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Hedging/Screens, Beds and borders, Containers, Wallside and trellises, Drought Tolerant

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Protect in colder parts from cold, drying winds.

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 tenuifolium 'Variegatum'

Other names

Variegated pittosporum, Variegated kohuhu, Variegated tawhiwhi

Genus

Pittosporum Pittosporum

Variety or Cultivar

'Variegatum' _ 'Variegatum' is a bushy, upright, rounded, evergreen shrub or small tree with dark stems bearing small, oval to rounded, wavy-edged, grey-green leaves with cream margins and small, fragrant, dark purple flowers in late spring and early summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

The flower is scented.

Habit

Upright, Rounded, Bushy


Colour

Flower

Dark-purple in Spring; Dark-purple in Summer

Foliage

Variegated, Cream, Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Cushion scale , Pittosporum sucker

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew , Leaf spot

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum' (Variegated pittosporum) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Hedging/Screens, Beds and borders, Containers, Wallside and trellises, Drought Tolerant

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Protect in colder parts from cold, drying winds.

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)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Variegatum' (Variegated 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 tenuifolium 'Variegatum' (Variegated 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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