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Pittosporum tenuifolium Irene Patterson


Unusual white speckled evergreen leaves

A slow growing shrub ideal for adding structure to a border. Its light green leaves are mottled with white which turns pink in the winter. Fragrant deep purple flowers are produced in spring.


Full sun or part sunshine will bring out the best colouration in the leaves.


Grows well in any well drained soil.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering May - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 125 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 75 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Flower border and beds, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September