Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’
Tawhiwhi 'Tom Thumb'
Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ is an eye-catching and compact evergreen shrub that’s highly sought after for its unique aesthetic appeal. This cultivated variety belongs to the Pittosporum tenuifolium species and is native to New Zealand. ‘Tom Thumb’ is celebrated for its dense, rounded growth habit and its exceptional foliage.
One of its standout features is its small, dark purple to nearly black oval leaves, creating a bold contrast in any garden or landscape. These leaves maintain their striking colour year-round, ensuring consistent visual interest.
During the spring, ‘Tom Thumb’ produces inconspicuous yet pleasantly fragrant dark-purple flowers, followed by decorative black seed capsules. With a typical height and width of approximately 90-120 cm, it’s an excellent choice for smaller gardens, borders, or container gardening.
This Pittosporum variety is low-maintenance, needing well-draining soil and a sunny to partially shaded spot. Periodic pruning helps maintain its compact shape and encourages fresh growth. ‘Tom Thumb’ adds a touch of sophistication and year-round charm to landscaping projects, making it a versatile and visually appealing choice for garden designs.
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Care & Size Guidance
Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ should be planted in well-drained soil and in a location with full sun to partial shade. Regular watering is essential, especially during dry spells, to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. In the UK’s colder regions, provide protection from frost or cold winds to prevent damage. Pruning can be done in late spring to maintain its compact shape and encourage new growth. Overall, ‘Tom Thumb’ is a relatively low-maintenance plant in the UK climate, offering year-round visual appeal in gardens and landscapes.
Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ typically reaches a height and width of approximately 50-150 cm. This compact growth habit makes it an ideal choice for smaller gardens, borders, or even container gardening, where its striking dark-purple to black leaves can add visual interest without overwhelming the space.