Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Irene Paterson’


Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Irene Paterson’ is a charming compact evergreen shrub celebrated for its dense, rounded structure and captivating green and white variegated foliage. Adaptable to various conditions, this variety presents a striking visual contrast with its glossy, multi-hued leaves. With a typical height and spread of 1-1.5 metres, it’s a perfect choice for small gardens, borders, or containers, adding year-round elegance with its lush, eye-catching appearance.

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Origin: New Zealand
Genus: Pittosporum
Species / Cultivar: tenuifolium 'Irene Paterson'
Common Name: kōhūhū
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Irene Paterson’ prefers well-drained soil and thrives in full sun to partial shade. With a compact growth habit, it reaches heights and spreads of 1-1.5 metres.

Minimal pruning is required as this cultivar maintains its neat, rounded form, making it perfect for small gardens, borders, or containers.


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