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Japanese Pittosporum, Mock Orange
Scientific Name: Pittosporum tobira (Thunb.) W.T. Aiton
Synonym:
Family: Pittosporaceae
Japanese Pittosporum, Mock Orange (Pittosporum  tobira) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-31
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Frost hardy in Phoenix, hardy to 22F (-5C)

Heat Tolerance: Heat resistant in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to half shade

Origin: China and Japan

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub or small tree to 15 feet high, depending on variety; thick, dark green leaves, up to 4 inches long (10 cm); glossy leathery leaves, 1 to 5 inches long (2.5-12.5 cm), up to 1 inch wide (2.5 cm) with recurving edges and lighter dull undersides

Watering Needs: Drought resistant, does better with regular water, salt tolerant

Propagation: Seeds, semi-hardwood cuttings at the end of spring, or softwood cuttings in summer


'Variegata' is a commonly available with gray-green and cream, variegated foliage, it is generally reaching only 5 feet tall and wide (1.5 m).
'Wheeler's Dwarf' is a dwarf, compact variety reaching 2 feet in height and spread (60 cm).

Japanese Pittosporum, Mock Orange (Pittosporum  tobira)

Japanese Pittosporum, Mock Orange (Pittosporum  tobira)

Cultural Practices:
The Pittosporum is a moderate to fast grower if given adequate nutrients and water. Feed in spring with complete fertilizer. Check for aphids.

Blooming Habits:
The pittosporum blooms in March with cluster of fragrant creamy green flowers, 0.5 inch in diameter (12 mm). The flowers are not very noticeable, but they have a delightful orange-blossom fragrance.

Fruiting Habits:


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