The most popular of the P.tenuifoliums here in SoCal. Its airy look makes it very elegant and useful as a screen where you also want light. Given the availability of plants from Australia/NZ, this former specimen is becoming more affordable/accessible and therefore more commonly planted which adds to the diversity of landscapes locally. Very nice plant/tree!
Elegant evergreen with attractive silver-green leaves and contrasting black stems. My specimen grew quickly from 2.5 feet to 9 feet in two years, and has survived several days of 15F temperatures, a foot of snow, and many lesser freezing events.
On Nov 16, 2007, sootycat1 from Sydney Australia wrote:
I have just planted this Pittosporum in a clients' garden and have had an allergic reaction to it on my arms where I made contact with the leaves. Up until now I was unaware that this plant had the potential to cause rashes.
I am usually very hardy and have very few reactions to even the most notorious of plants, but this one has taken me by surprise.
I love the look of the plant but recommend planting it where people won't brush past it.
On Jun 22, 2004, FullertonCA from Lake Arrowhead, CA wrote:
Pittosporum tenuifolium "Silver Sheen" looks wonderful at the BACK of a garden. It is a rapid grower (mine is 9 ft after 2 years) and gets quite tall (20 ft at Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach). Its wispy growth is not conducive to shearing or shaping. Yet, it maintains a loose conical shape. The lightest breeze sways the delicate-looking green leaves. So far, it has been pest-free and has held up to our notoriously hot "Santa Ana" winds. "Silver Sheen" can be hard to locate, and can be more expensive than other pittosporum tenuifoliums. I hope to plant another, if I can find the space.
Has glossy, tough, mid-green leaves with a wavy margin. Bears small, dark red, fragrant, bell shaped flowers.
Likes moist but well-drained fertile soil in sun or light shade.
It's not very hardy so it might need frost protection and shelter from winds in regions where the winter is cold.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Carlsbad, California (2 reports) Castro Valley, California Chula Vista, California Fountain Valley, California Fremont, California Fullerton, California Garden Grove, California Huntington Beach, California Laguna Niguel, California (2 reports) Long Beach, California Los Angeles, California (2 reports) Newport Beach, California Palo Alto, California San Clemente, California San Diego, California San Juan Capistrano, California San Mateo, California Seal Beach, California Seattle, Washington