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Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata'

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

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cheesehead118 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.

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

A very easy shrub and it has a wonderful fragrance.


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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