How to Grow Pittosporum

Pittosporum plants are very versatile and thrive well in the sun or shade. Learning the proper ways on how to plant and care pittosporum plants is easy. Aside from their unique scented flowers, the pittosporum plants can be wonderful for borders or hedges because of their fast growing and beautiful foliage. In addition, they are also genus for almost two hundred species flowering plants.

Most of the species of pittosporum plants are native in Southeast Asia and Japan, although the majority of them are recognized in Africa. Pittosporum leaves are typically whorls and spirals and most of them don’t exceed two to three meters after many years of growth. Growing pittosporum plants is fun because of their foliage and beauty.

Pittosporum plants can be called in different names. Other names of the plants are Karo, Kaikaro, Black Matipo, Japanese Pittosporum, Stiffleaf Cheese wood, Japanese cheese wood, Kihihi, Tawhiwhi, Kohuhu, Kohukohu, Australian laurel and Japanese Mocked-orange.

What are the Characteristics of Pittosporums?

The Pittosporum plants are evergreen and rustic that can grow as a small tree or shrub. The leaves of the Pittosporum plants are bright, oval, dark green, alternate and leathery when under the light. However, they become lighter on underside and with veins evident depending on their variety.

The flowers of the plants are white, brown, red, cream or sometimes yellow. That also depends on their variety. The flowers are like fragrance because of their scent, emanating the pleasant of citrus.

The most popular species of Pittosporum plants are Pittosporum Tobira, Pittosporum Eugenioides, Pittosporum Crassifolium and Pittosporum Tenuifoilum.

Planting Pittosporum

When you’re planning to plant Pittosporum, one of the most important factors to consider is the soil. Heavy soil is needed for planting Pittosporum. Dig the hole big enough to put the plant. You also need to be very careful when taking it out from the pot to make sure that there will be no root damage. Regular and thoroughly watering the plants can help a lot for better outcomes.

Growing Pittosporum is not hard to grow. In fact, Pittosporum plants are one of the fast growing and decorative plants. You can even grow them near your terrace, balcony or other shady areas. You can just plant them in a container for privacy.

Although Pittosporum plants are simple and fast to grow, they still need proper nourishment. When you plant Pittosporum, make sure that you know how to properly take good care of them. If you plant the Pittosporum in a cooler area, you must know the minimum temperature required by the plant you are growing. Proper care for Pittosporum plants involves regular watering, fertilizer and pruning. The soil where the Pittosporum is planted should always be slightly moist.

Pests & Diseases

The Pittosporum plants are not usually attacked by any plant diseases. They are known as disease-free plants. However, you still need to make sure that you take good care of them as they might be attacked by many pests such as cushion scale, aphids, Pittosporum sucker, red spider and mites.


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