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

Plant Biography

Pittosporum tenuifolium, also known as Kohuhu or New Zealand Pittosporum, originates from New Zealand. This species holds significance in Maori culture for its traditional medicinal uses. Revered for its hardiness and attractive foliage, it gained popularity in horticulture worldwide. With small, dark green leaves and versatile growth habits, it became a sought-after ornamental plant, leading to various cultivars and hybrids, including ‘Irene Paterson,’ prized for its white and light-pink variegation.

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Irene Paterson’
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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