Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Variegatum’


Kahuhu is a sophisticated evergreen shrub for milder gardens, with black stems densely clothed in grey-green leaves that are delicately trimmed in white, and has discreet honey scented purple flowers in June.

While the flowers of Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Variegataum’ are insignificant, the perfume is delightful, especially on a warm summer evening when it fills the air. These are useful as a border shrub, a potted specimen, or even as a hedging plant.

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Origin: New Zealand
Genus: Pittosporum
Species / Cultivar: tenuifolium 'variegatum'
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: 2.5-4m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2.5m
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.

Expert Tip

Plant Pittosporum tenuifolium where it can be seen in the midst of winter and it will serve as a little ray of sunshine the gloomiest of days.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Variegatum’ thrives in well-drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade, adapting well to various conditions. Regular watering aids its growth, especially during the establishment phase.

With a typical height and spread of up to 4 metres, this evergreen shrub offers a compact and bushy form. Pruning, primarily for shape or size control, is best done after flowering.


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