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Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom Thumb

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Compact shrub with deep purple leaves and grey stems

A plant grown for its compact shape and distinctive foliage - wavy edged light green leaves which mature to a dark purple. Small dark purple flowers appear in April and May.

Where?

Full or partial sunshine will encourage the leaves to change colour.

How?

Any well drained soil in a sheltered spot.

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, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 25 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Chalk, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage 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 Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Garden edging

Typically available

From April to September