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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Queen' (f/v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green, Grey/Silver and White in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Dark Grey/Silver in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

tawhiwhi 'Silver Queen'

Family

Pittosporaceae


Pittosporum are evergreen shrubs or trees with simple, leathery leaves and small, often fragrant, 5-petalled flowers, followed by spherical, woody fruits splitting to reveal seeds embedded in sticky pulp

'Silver Queen' is a large evergreen shrub with rounded greyish-green leaves narrowly margined with creamy-white. Small deep purple flowers sparsely produced

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in fertile, moist but well-drained, soil. May need protection in colder climes especially from cold, drying winds. Plant in full sun for the best leaf effect

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance or Mediterranean Climate Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Can get glasshouse red spider mite, aphids, cushion scale and pittosporum sucker

Diseases

Generally disease free