Pittosporum tenuifolium


Pittosporum tenuifolium is a beautiful evergreen shrub with dense, glossy foliage and small, fragrant white flowers. It is an excellent choice for hedging, topiary, and screening, as it grows quickly and can be clipped into shape.
Its foliage is a stunning deep green, and it produces small, black fruits that are attractive to birds. Pittosporum tenuifolium is a hardy, low-maintenance shrub that is sure to add an elegant touch to any garden.

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Origin: New Zealand
Genus: Pittosporum
Species / Cultivar: tenuifolium
Common Name: Tawhiwhi

Plant Biography

Pittosporum tenuifolium, commonly known as Kohuhu, is a species of evergreen shrub in the Pittosporaceae family native to New Zealand. It can be found in most parts of the North and South Islands, as well as the Chatham Islands.

It grows to a height of up to 8 meters and has glossy, dark green leaves. The leaves are oblong and have a leathery texture. The flowers are small and white, and the fruits are round, yellow, and covered in sticky resin.

Pittosporum tenuifolium
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 1.5 - 2.0m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 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 is a popular choice for hedging and topiary, and is also used as a specimen plant in gardens.

It is tolerant of most soil types and can tolerate some frost, however it’s recommended to provide some protection from hard frosts. It prefers full sun to partial shade, and is relatively easy to care for.

It would benefit from pruning twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn.

Expert Tip

Pittosporum tenuifolium is a popular choice for hedging and topiary, and is also used as a specimen plant in gardens.


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