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Variegated Pittosporum - Japanese Mock Orange
Variegated Pittosporum, also known as Japanese Mock Orange, is an evergreen shrub featuring attractive, variegated creamy white and green foliage. More details below

Variegated Pittosporum - Japanese Mock Orange

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Variegated Pittosporum
Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-11 (7b?)  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 8a, where this Pittosporum variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Variegated Pittosporum, also known as Japanese Mock Orange, is an evergreen shrub featuring attractive, variegated creamy white and green foliage. The flowers go unnoticed against the foliage, however they are pleasantly fragrant, perfuming your yard for weeks during spring with the sweet smell of orange blossoms.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing upright in a rounded form to 4-8 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide (depending on pruning), the Variegated Pittosporum can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. As a shrub, its dense foliage makes it ideal for use as an evergreen hedge or background, or to frame corners or fill voids between widely-spaced windows in home foundation plantings. As it grows, which it does rather quickly, lower branches can be removed to desired height and you have an outstanding focal point specimen tree for use in sunny to partially shaded landscape borders and home foundation plantings. A fine addition to fragrance gardens, rock gardens, tropical look gardens and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Suggested Spacing:  5' for a solid hedge;  12' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Variegated Pittosporum is easy to grow in well-drained loose soils and full sun to partial shade. It will need some water while establishing itself, however is exceptionally drought tolerant when established. No pruning is necessary, however plants can be pruned to shape or control size, as a formal hedge, or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive small tree.


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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  8a-11 (7b?)  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  4-8' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  5-8' depending on pruning
Spacing:  4-5' for solid hedges; 12' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Broad, Bushy, Dense, Mounding, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast, slower in shade
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small, inconspicuous against foliage
Flowering Period:  Mid Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Mint Green, Creamy White
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun. All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade. Morning Shade with Afternoon Sun
Water Needs:  Very Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.0 (Acid to Neutral)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect



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