• Pittosporum tobira

    Posted on August 22, 2018 by in drought tolerant, evergreen, Foliage plants, perfumed, shade tolerant, Shrubs

    I am not a fan of the usual plants sold in this Genus as most grow into decrepit old age and are used to cover fences and screen the neighbours in new houses that are to be sold post haste.

    I guess any plant can be ruined by overuse but I have to say ‘James Stirling’ started out being ordinary, and hasn’t improved with use!

    A completely different beast is this Japanese species that is used in quantity in Mediterranean Europe as a hedge or screen plant and seems rarely to be offered here.

    It has glossy deep green leaves and scented flowers that start out white and age to a rich lemon colour, truly lovely. Will grow to about 4metres but can obviously be pruned or trimmed, and will grow in sun or semi-shade and is quite drought tolerant to boot.IMG_4603

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