Japanese mock orange

Pittosporum tobira

Japanese mock orange - Pittosporum tobira

Common Name: Japanese mock orange
Genus: Pittosporum
Species: tobira

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 10.00 m (1000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Cream, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: spherical yellow-brown seed capsules

Clusters of honey-scented bell-shaped creamy-white flowers in late spring and early summer and lustrous deep green leaves which are retained all year. Japanese mock orange makes a lovely specimen plant for a sunny sub-tropical garden in a warm coastal site. Dense and rounded in habit in frost-prone areas give it the protection of a south or west-facing wall.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. To thin or reduce growth prune mid-spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.


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