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Pittosporum Tenuifolium

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Pittosporum Tenuifolium

Pittosporum tenuifolium (Kohuhu) - A fast growing dense evergreen upright shrub or small tree that grows to 20 to 30 feet tall. It has glossy medium green oval slightly undulating leaves that are held on dark, nearly black, new stems and dark fragrant purple flowers held in small clusters in the spring that are followed by small orange fruit. Plant in full coastal sun or part shade, with occasional watering. Seaside tolerant. Hardy to 15-20 ° F. This plant is native to both islands of New Zealand where it is common in the lower mountain forests from sea level up to nearly 3,000 feet. The name Pittosporum comes from the Greek words 'pitta' meaning "pitch" and 'spora' meaning "seed" in reference to the sticky seeds of many members of the genus. The specific epithet tenuifolia is from the Latin words 'tenu' meaning "slender" and 'foli' meaning "leaves" in reference to the more slender leaves of this species. This plant was first introduced in San Francisco (as P. nigra) by sea captain James Walsh, who returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand (and possibly Japan) in 1865 with many plants that have been in cultivation in California ever since.

Plant Type Shrub
Evergreen-Deciduous Evergreen
Overall Mature Size Large
Mature Height & Spread 15-25′ x 10-15′
Exposure Full to partial sun
Water Medium, Low Water
Flower Color Purple
Bloom Time Spring
Special Features Coastal Conditions, Screen
Natural Growth Habit Upright 

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