Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Victoria’

Black matipo, Tawhiwhi 'Victoria'

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Victoria’ is an evergreen shrub with a compact, upright habit. It has glossy, dark green foliage with a white egde on the leaves. It is a great choice for hedges, screens, and foundation plantings.
It is easy to care for and can tolerate a range of soil types and conditions. It is also drought tolerant once established. Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Victoria’ is a great addition to any garden.

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Origin: New Zealand, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Pittosporum
Species / Cultivar: tenuifolium 'Victoria'
Common Name: Black matipo, Tawhiwhi 'Victoria'

Plant Biography

Pittosporum tenuifolium originates in New Zealand where it grows in coastal areas and lower mountain areas, near forest edges. It can cope really well with windy positions and poor soils.

It flowers between April and November (if the weather is warm enough), however most of the time the dark reddish-purple flowers go unnoticed.

The root system of the Pittosporum tenuifolium runs shallow and spreads out to catch as much of the rain water as possible.

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Victoria’
Eventual Height: 0.5 - 1.0m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5 - 1.0m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Victoria’ is a shrub that tends to grow low, producing a dense globe like shape about 1 m in diameter. This makes it ideal for low hedges and planters.

In winter, the white edges of the leaves turn pinkish purple.  When planted in containers, the Pittosporum tenuifolium should be watered frequently as its roots don’t go very deep in the soil.

Feed in spring and summer with a high nitrogen fertiliser or a slow release balanced fertiliser for the plant to thrive.

It may require protection in winter with a fleece jacket to keep frost away.

Plant trivia

In its native environment, the plant's resin is collected by the Māori people and it's used to scent houses and has been used for medicinal purposes for various ailments.


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