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Care of the plant Pittosporum tenuifolium or Kohuhu.

Care of the shrub Pittosporum tenuifolium or Kohuhu

The genus Pittosporum, family Pittosporaceae, comprises 200 species of trees and shrubs native to Oceania, Asia and Africa. Some species are: Pittosporum tenuifolium, Pittosporum truncatum, Pittosporum coriaceum, Pittosporum crassifolium, Pittosporum x pourtetianum, Pittosporum heterophyllum, Pittosporum angustifolium, Pittosporum tobira.

Common names: Kohuhu, Black matipo. This species is native to New Zealand.

They are evergreen shrubs of compact size, reddish stems and erect growth that reach 2 meters (6.56 feet) in height. The decorative oval leaves have wavy edges and an attractive light green and cream color. They produce small purple flowers that are not very decorative but give off a pleasant perfume especially at night. They bloom in spring and early summer.

These easy-to-grow plants are used to form hedges, in bushy groups, as isolated specimens on lawns and in pots.

Pittosporum tenuifolium needs full sun exposure and frost-free climates, although it can withstand light and occasional frosts.

The soil must be well drained and contain organic matter. The planting is done in spring.

They appreciate regular waterings, without flooding, so that the substrate is always slightly damp.

Fertilize in late winter with compost and early spring with slow-release mineral fertilizer.

Prune lightly in autumn to maintain a compact demeanor.

They are plants quite resistant to pests and diseases if there is not excess watering.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring after soaking for 30 minutes in hot water or by cuttings in summer.

Images of the shrub Pittosporum tenuifolium or Kohuhu

Pittosporum tenuifolium
Pittosporum tenuifolium
Pittosporum tenuifolium