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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum' (m)

Open, evergreen shrub about 3m tall and 1.5m wide, with pale green, wavy-margined, glossy, new spring leaves, gradually changing in colour to deep bronze-purple. Small, honey-scented, bell-shaped dark purple flowers are produced in clusters, from early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Bronze
Summer Purple Green Bronze
Autumn Bronze Purple
Winter Bronze Purple
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Pittosporaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright, Bushy
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or light shade, with shelter from cold drying winds. Purple foliage has best leaf colour in full sun. See pittosporum cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 1, prune hedges in spring or midsummer

Pests

May be susceptible to pittosporum sucker, scale insects and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May be susceptible to Powdery mildews and frost damage in exposed positions

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