Pittosporum tobira - Pittosporum or Pitt
About 200 species of Pittosporum
are native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. These
are evergreen shrubs and trees. Typically, this species has dark green leaves.
Most of the plants on campus have variegated leaves with irregular,
cream-colored edges. Fragrant white flowers are held in clusters at branch
tips, unless they are pruned off.
In addition to the common green and variegated forms, some dwarf
cultivars are planted on campus.
See this plant scattered throughout campus used as a hedge or foundation planting.
Large shrub or small tree to about fifteen feet tall.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: drought tolerant
Soil: adaptable to a wide pH range, well-drained
This sturdy plant is widely grown in Jacksonville. It is an attractive shrub where
it can grow naturally. It can be trained easily into a small tree. Too often, it
is planted where a smaller shrub is needed and becomes unsightly as a result of
over-pruning. The plant pictured above is ‘Shima,’ a new cultivar that is
reported to grow to only three feet tall.