Variegated Japanese Pittosporum, Japanese Mock Orange, Japanese Cheesewood, Australian Laurel 'Variegata'

Pittosporum tobira

Family: Pittosporaceae
Genus: Pittosporum (pit-oh-SPOR-um) (Info)
Species: tobira (TOH-bir-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Long Beach, California

Riverside, California

Santee, California

Bartow, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Barnesville, Georgia

Hampton, Georgia

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Germantown, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Cedar Park, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Leroy, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Bellingham, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 9, 2008, cheesehead118 from Thompsons Station, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant definitely is not intended to grow in Nashville, but I gave it a try anyways. Lowes had it in stock here for some reason. Planted it and it did excellent all summer long, of course. In the winter, to my surprise it lived, and actually did quite well. Some of the leaves were scorched but the plant looked healthy. Did not really flower all that much. It is located in front of some arborvitaes in a courtyard in full sun. So the area is probably slightly warmer and definitely protected from cold winds.


On Jun 16, 2006, bugme from Barnesville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

A very easy shrub and it has a wonderful fragrance.