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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Irene Paterson' (m/v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Purple in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green, Pink and White in Winter
Green and White in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

tawhiwhi 'Irene Paterson'

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

'Irene Paterson' is a slow-growing evergreen shrub, the rounded, undulate leaves opening white, becoming dark green speckled with white and often tinged pink in winter. Fragrant deep purple flowers are produced rather sparsely from late spring

Synonym(s)

  • Pittosporum 'Irene Paterson'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • East-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

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Hedging/Screens or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Susceptible to powdery mildews and a leaf spot