Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’
Black matipo, Tawhiwhi 'Golf Ball'
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’ is a compact and evergreen shrub, ideal for small gardens and hedging. With its dense, rounded form and attractive dark green foliage, it adds charm and structure to landscapes.
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Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’ is a cultivar of Pittosporum tenuifolium, native to New Zealand. The exact origin of ‘Golf Ball’ is not widely documented, but it likely emerged through selective breeding to enhance its compact, rounded form. This delightful variety gained popularity in the horticultural trade due to its small size and attractive appearance.
With its evergreen nature and dense dark green foliage, ‘Golf Ball’ quickly became a favourite for small gardens, hedging, and container planting. Today, it remains a cherished and widely grown shrub, admired for its versatility and ornamental value in gardens worldwide.
Golf Ball grows near forest edges, in coastal and lower mountain areas and can cope really well with windy positions and poor soils.
Care & Size Guidance
Caring for Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’ is straightforward. Plant it in well-draining soil and provide a spot with full sun to partial shade. Once established, it is drought-tolerant, though regular watering during dry spells will benefit its growth. ‘Golf Ball’ requires minimal pruning to maintain its compact shape. Fertilise in spring to promote healthy growth. This evergreen shrub is relatively pest-resistant and low-maintenance, making it an ideal choice for small gardens, borders, or as an attractive hedge, offering year-round beauty and structure to your landscape.
This cultivar has been bred to have a low-growing habit which hugs the ground and should require minimal pruning.
It may require protection in cold winters with a fleece jacket to keep frost away.