Pittosporum tobira, the Japanese pittospore

Pittosporum tobira, the Japanese pittospore

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Pittosporum tobira is valued for its superb evergreen foliage.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Pittosporum
Family : Pittosporaceae
Type : Shrub

: 2 to 5 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

: Persistent -Flowering : March to June

Planting, pruning and caring for this shrub will help your pittosporum grow well.

Planting pittosporum tobira

Pittosporum tobira is best planted in spring or atautumn when purchased in a container.

  • The pittosporum tobira appreciates very sunny situations.
  • He likes it when the soil is well drained because he fears standing water.
  • A mixture of soil for planting, shrubs or universal mixed with your garden soil is ideal.
  • Follow our guide to plant the shrubs well

The first year after planting, it is important to water regularly to promote rooting and therefore recovery of pittosporum tobira.

Pittosporum tobira in hedge:

In hedge, respect a distance of 80 cm to 1 m between each pittosporum tobira in order to give it room to develop.

Pittosporum tobira in a pot:

Growing pittosporum tobira is the ideal solution for those who want to create a little corner of greenery on their terrace or balcony.

  • Use a pot of sufficient diameter and imperatively pierced at the bottom
  • Put a bed of gravel or clay balls at the bottom of the pot
  • Then fill the pot with special shrub, planting or universal soil
  • Plant pittosporum tobira in the pot then cover the rest with the potting soil
  • Water generously

Cultivation of pittosporum tobira in pots requires regular waterings, especially in summer.

Thefertilizer input is also essential because nutrients are quickly lacking when growing potted shrubs.

Pruning and caring for pittosporum tobira

Once firmly in place, pittosporum tobira requires little maintenance and grows at first medium, then accelerates over the years.

  • Water in hot weather and / or prolonged drought?
  • Apply shrub fertilizer in early spring to help the growth of pittosporum tobira.
  • Good mulching at the base of the shrub in winter helps keep the roots a little more frost-free.

Trim the pittosporum tobira well:

While pruning is not essential, it can be useful in containing the growth of pittosporum tobira, especially if it is a hedge.

Pittosporum tobira should not be pruned in late winter, as its spring flowering will be compromised.

So wait for the end of flowering spring to prune pittosporum tobira.

For the size of a hedge of Pittosporum tobira,

  • Follow our advice for cut a hedge well.
  • In isolated or in massif, follow our shrub pruning tips

To know about pittosporum tobira

Also called Japanese Pittospore, thePittosporum tobira is part of the family ofpittosporaceae, it is medium hardy but adapts very well to our latitudes.

Its name comes from the Greek pitta and sporos to designate both peace and seed, while tobira comes from the Japanese to designate a door.

Its allure, the soft green of its foliage and its beautiful blooming make this shrub one of the "must-haves" of our gardens.

It requires little maintenance and you will even have the leisure, if you wish, to give it the shape that you want or that you imagined in your dreams ...

In hedges, isolated or in clumps, the Pittosporum is also perfectly suited to the pot culture for your terraces and balconies.

Smart tip

Pittosporum tobira fears severe frosts, mulch the foot of the tree to protect it from the cold and prefer a location sheltered from strong winds in winter.

Video: How to grow and care of Pittosporum tobira cheesewood (June 2022).


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