Pittosporum tenuifolium Gaertn.


Shrubs to small trees to about 8 m tall with narrow canopies. Bark of young shoots extremely dark. Leaves 3-6 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, oblong to elliptic, entire, hairless, the edges wavy. Flowers inconspicuous and few on short shoots in leaf axils not branch ends; tubular, the petals joined briefly in the throat; deep maroon, fragrant; spring. Stamens at different heights. Fruit capsules about 12 mm wide, (2)3-valved, seeds numerous.

P. colensoi Hook. f. is occasionally cultivated; it differs in having larger dark green leaves without undulate edges and fruit capsules with quite thick walls.

New Zealand.

Relatively small leaves on dark to black branchlets.

TAS: Launceston (City Park). This species has produced a wide range of variegated cultivars that are popular landscape plants and it is likely that new cultivars will continue to be released.

Source: Cayzer, L. (2002). Pittosporaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Argenteum Nanum Shorty'

A dense, compact fast growing shrub to about 1.5 m tall. Leaves pale green to silvery grey.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Argenteum'

Compact bush with leaves having a slight silvery sheen. Now rarely grown.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Aureum'

Small shrub to 2 m tall. Leaves small, oval to elliptic, to 5 cm long, 2 cm wide, the new growth with a gold centre fading to dull green at maturity.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Black Lace'

Shrub to 3 m tall, 1.5 m wide with an open form giving lacy effects. Leaves 2 cm long,1 cm wide, wavy-edged, becoming black in the cooler months.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Deborah'

Upright, open shrub to 2 m tall,1.5 m wide. Leaves small, roundish, to 15 mm long, 8 mm wide with a creamy white margin becoming flushed with rose, especially in winter.Discovered in Auckland's Hanua Forestry Nsy and distributed by Mr b. Haggo of Dawn Nsy, Auckland, New Zealand.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Deborah'

S gold' Shrub to 2 m tall, 1.5 m wide, less robust than most cultivars. Leaves to about 2 cm long, 1 cm wide, with golden yellow central blotch deepening to lime green at maturity, the margins wavy and edged irregularly with green.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Eila Keightley'

Leaves elliptic-ovate to almost orbicular, irregularly variegated with yellow and yellow-green shades, the midrib and main veins cream-coloured. Originated in the Masterton nsy of a. Robinson &Sons in 1964 as a sport on the cultivar 'Rotundifolium'. ['Sunburst'] Can be seen in the Colac Bot. Gds,Vic.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'French Lace'

Erect, formal shrub to 3 m tall, 1.5 m wide, often used as a screen. Leaves small, to 15 mm long, 7 mm wide, wavy-edged, turning reddish or purple in winter.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Gold Star'

Compact shrub to 1.5 m tall, 1 m wide. Leaves intense golden yellow in the centre, mature leaves to 15 mm long, 10 mm wide, with a gold and green central zone, the midrib yellow and creamy white, margins wavy, with an irregular green zone. Arose as a seedling of p. 'Garnettii' with other parent possibly 'Eila Keightley' growing nearby. Originated in Midland Horticulture's Nsy, Palmerston North, New Zealand, c. 1987.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Goldie'

Vigorous shrub with green and gold leaves. Origin of name unknown.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Green Pillar'

Upright, conical shrub to 2 m or so tall, 1 m wide. Popular for landscaping and as a container plant. Leaves about 2 cm long, 1 cm wide, fresh green. Foliage like 'Argenteum Nanum Shorty' but deep green and extremely dense.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Irene Paterson'

Shrub to 2 m tall, 1.5 m wide, with prominent black branchlets. Leaves obovate, white with faint green speckling when young, becoming progressively speckled and lined green and grey-green, often tinged pink in winter, wavy-edged. Discovered by g. Paterson at Kennedy's Bush Reserve on the Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'James Stirling'

Erect, narrow shrub to 5 m or so tall, 3 m wide, twigs dark red to purplish or black. Leaves sparse, small and pale green to silvery, to 15 mm long, 10 mm wide. Raised by James Stirling, Supervisor of the Government Gds at Wellington, New Zealand, as a seedling selection from seed of a tree growing on the road n of Ruatoria in the e Cape district.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Katie'

Fast growing shrub to 2.5 m tall, 2 m wide. Leaves small, pale green with wavy margins, margins banded irregularly with creamy white.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Limelight'

Dense, vigorous shrub to 3 m tall, 2 m wide. Leaves oval to elliptic, to 4 cm long, 2 cm wide, with a large central yellow-green zone and irregular narrow green margins on reddish stems, the colour darkening with age.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Marjorie Channon'

Rounded, compact shrub to 1.5 m tall, 1 m wide. Leaves to about 2.5 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, elliptic, pale green, margins creamy white, flushed with pink, margins slightly wavy. Probably originated from the nsy of r.w. Channon in England. Int. in New Zealand by Duncan and Davies Ltd in 1974.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Pixie'

Shrub with upright compact habit to 1.2 m tall, 75 cm wide. Leaves small, about 1-1.5 cm long, 5-8 mm wide, elliptic, silvery grey with wavy margins. Probably originated as a seedling of p. tenuifolium and selected by Hector Walker of Hawke Bay, New Zealand. Sometimes available as a selection of Lophomyrtus _ralphii.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum'

Shrub or small tree to 5 m tall, 3 m wide. Leaves slightly smaller than the type, becoming dark purple to almost black, with wavy margins and borne on purple twigs. Possibly originated in Melbourne.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen'

Upright to weeping shrub to 4-5 m or so tall, 3 m wide, branchlets jet black. Faster growing than 'James Stirling', dense, slightly weeping. Leaves shimmering silvery green to 3 cm long, 2 cm wide.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Song'

Upright shrub to 2 m or so tall. Leaves small, to 2.5 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, silvery, shinier than those of a similar plant of unknown origin and known as 'Sun Stirling', deeper green than 'James Stirling'. Origin unknown.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Stirling Gold'

Narrow shrub to 2 m or so tall,1 m wide. Leaves small, rounded, to 1 cm long, 8 mm wide, variegated with a central area of golden yellow, margins wavy. Young leaves also have a reddish midrib. Originated from Dawn Nurseries, Auckland, New Zealand, where it arose as a branch sport on p. tenuifolium 'James Stirling'. Similar plants with leaves white-variegated are available as 'Stirling Silver'.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Stirling Mist'

Upright shrub to 3 m or so tall with maroon blotches on black stems. Leaves to 3 cm long, 2 cm wide, green with a white margin and flushed pink. A sport of 'James Stirling' sometimes called 'James Stirling Variegated'.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Sun Gold'

Dwarf plant. Origin unknown.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Sunburst'

Small tree to 3 m tall with black stems. Leaves green with a gold centre. Flowers chocolate-coloured. Possibly the same as 'Eila Keightley'.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tandarra Gold'

Compact bushy shrub with smooth black branchlets, to 3 m tall, 1.5 m wide. Leaves small, rounded, to 15 mm long, 8 mm wide, splashed gold in the centre, margin irregularly green.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tiny Tim'

Dwarf compact shrub to 1 m tall. Leaves small, rounded silver-grey. Origin unknown.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'

A dwarf, compact shrub to about 75 cm tall and wide. Leaves dark purple, glossy, wavy-edged, changing from pale green to red or purple and sometimes all 3 colours together. Like a dwarf version of 'Purpureum'. Originated c. 1960 in Stuart Bros' Nsy at Clinton in s Otago, New Zealand; selected from a batch of seedlings grown from p. tenuifolium 'Purpureum'.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Warnham Gold'

Shrub to 2 m tall, 1.5 m wide. Leaves yellow-green at first, becoming golden yellow. Originated at Warnham Court, Horsham, Sussex, uk, 1959.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Wendle Channon'

Compact open shrub to 1.5 m tall, 1 m wide. Leaves 2.5 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, green with white wavy margins, flushed pink in winter. Like 'Marjorie Channon' but with creamy yellow marginal variegation. Imported from the nsy of r.w. Channon in England and int. to New Zealand by Duncan and Davies Ltd in 1972.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Pittosporaceae
genus        Pittosporum Soland.