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Pittosporum tobira

Pittosporum tobira is also known as Australian Laurel, Japanese Pittosporum, Japanese Mock Orange, or Japanese Cheesewood. It is native to Japan. Pittosporaceae family of plants. Pittosporum tobira is a slow-growing evergreen shrub. Pittosporum tobira is a hardy plant and drought-tolerant.

Pittosporum tobira
Pittosporum tobira

Its foliage is obovate, dark green, leathery, and glossy. It flowers with terminal clusters or umbels of five-petal white flowers, which later turns yellow. They are fragrant and appear from late spring through summer. After flowering, it produces hairy, woody capsules containing black seeds. Pittosporum tobira grows to about 10m or 33ft tall.

Plant Pittosporum tobira in the sun or partial shade, using moist and well-drained soil. Propagate Pittosporum tobira by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. Watch out for aphids, mite, leafhoppers, as well as cotton cushiony scale, powdery mildew, and root-knot nematodes. Prune to shape otherwise it does not require any pruning. The best time for pruning in mid-spring.

Pittosporum tobira
Pittosporum tobira

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