Pittosporum tenuifolium Instant Hedging is a New Zealand Native plant. It is frost hardy in most locations and makes a great hedging plant for coastal and urban areas. It is also very tolerant of shade and dry soils. It has small bright green leaves that have a slightly wavey edge to them held on a black stems and when they flower the slightly inconspicuous chocolate-purple coloured flowers have a slight honey scent to them. If kept regularly trimmed the amount of flower will be a lot less than if it is left to grow naturally.
Pittosporum tenuifolium instant hedging is popular with florists due to the colour and texture of the leaves. The Royal Horticultural Society gave this plant an Award of Merit in 1931 and an Award of Garden Merit in 1984.
|ASPECT||Coast Exposed||Coast Sheltered||Inland Exposed||Inland Sheltered||Heavy Shade|
|HEIGHT||Less then 1m||1-2.5m||2.5-5m||Over 5m|
|SOIL||Heavy Clay||Medium Loam||Light Sandy||Peat||Acid||Alkaline||Poorly Drained|
|HARDINESS||Hardy to -10°C||Hardy to below -10°C||GROWTH RATE||30-60cm per year|