Pittosporum tobira (Nanum)

Pittosporum tobira (Nanum)


A bushy, compact, evergreen shrub with glossy dark green leaves and scented white flowers in summer. This is one of several plants whose common name is ‘mock orange’, but Pittosporum is the most choice. The thick, leathery, succulent leaves are arranged in a whorl around the stems and from a distance the foliage resembles Crassula – the Money Plant. The clusters of small creamy white flowers are long lasting and heavily scented with an almost bubblegum aroma. Foliage and flowers are popular in floral arrangements.


Position: full sun or partial shade

Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil

Rate of growth: average

Hardiness: half hardy

This compact, rounded evergreen shrub is covered in honey-scented, creamy-white flowers in late spring and early summer, while its lustrous deep green leaves, which form a neat bushy mound, will add year round structure and interest. In milder areas it's perfect for a sunny patio or an enclosed courtyard garden, while it's a must for a sunny sub-tropical setting or a warm coastal site. In frost-prone areas plant close to a south or west-facing wall, or grow it in a pot and move it to a sheltered spot when the temperatures drop.


Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. To thin or reduce growth prune in mid-spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.